Indian peacock softshell turtle, a turtle of a vulnerable species was rescued from a fish market in Assam’s Silchar.
- The Indian peacock softshell turtle [Nilssonia hurum] is a species of turtle found in South Asia.
- IUCN Red list status: Vulnerable species.
- Schedule I species in the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972
- This species is confined to India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
- In india, it is widespread in the northern and central parts of the Indian subcontinent.
- These are found in rivers, streams, lakes and ponds with mud or sand bottoms.
- Heavily exploited for its meat and calipee;
- Reduction of fish stock, due to overfishing, pollution, increase in river traffic, and sand-mining,among others.