The lack of a clear sanction for the illegal star tortoise trade means there is not enough deterrence for traders, according to Louies. “It boils down to intelligence investigations to crack down on criminal networks and enforce regulations and laws,” Krishnasamy said. The western painted turtle also has the same smooth shell as that of an eastern painted turtle. However, their shells can be light green, olive green, dark green, light green, etc., they have yellow or yellowish-gold stripes on the legs and head. And they are larger than Eastern painted turtles, the lower shell or plastron of a western painted turtle is very beautiful, it has yellow and orange color patterns on it. A female turtle painted in the West can grow up to 9 to 10 inches tall and males are slightly smaller. And the average lifespan can be up to 50 years or more. The price of a Western painted turtle in India is about Rs.3000/-. Sandeep Das, a researcher at KFRI, adds that invasive turtles displace native turtle species in ponds, lakes and other bodies of water, creating harmful algal blooms and exposing humans to salmonella, which they often carry.
The NCBI suspects that red-eared dealers have played a role in the recent spread of Shigella bacterial infection in parts of northern Kerala. Research will confirm this. Indian tortoise species are protected by the Indian Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. So, above was the full list of legal turtles in India. All listed turtles are listed through extensive research. Personally, I don`t own any of these turtles (I have experience keeping a red-eared turtle as a pet). But before you buy it again, please check it to avoid legal trouble. Always buy a turtle only from a registered breeder and also check all maintenance tips before buying so you can make the right choice for your turtle.
I hope this has cleared up all your doubts, but if you still have doubts, be sure to comment below, we will try to answer them as soon as possible. Thank you very much!! Both turtles and turtles are protected by the Indian Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Trade in these animals is illegal in India. This law aims to protect these animals from poaching or illegal trade. There are a few exceptions to this law, including the trade in turtles and turtles destined for the pet market. The alligator Snapping Turtle is one of the largest freshwater turtles in South America. They can grow up to 2.5 feet long and the average weight can range from 150 pounds to 190 pounds. Their size and aggressive nature do not make them suitable pets for beginners. Alligator Snapping Turtles have a mostly black or dark brown shell with ridges on their back with yellow spots, they have a pointed beak and unlike other turtles, their eyes are on the side.
The price of an alligator Snapping Turtle in India is around Rs 12,000-15,000. Indian tortoises can live for many years and can grow quite large. The Reeves tortoise is a small semi-aquatic turtle found in Southeast Asia in Taiwan. It is also known as the Chinese pond turtle. They have a shell characterized by a large and wide black shell (or scotite) surrounding a small, almost indistinguishable cream-colored plastron. Initially, they have yellow stripes on the face, but they become completely dark black as they grow. Females can be twice as long as males. The average lifespan of a Reeves turtle is 10 to 15 years. They are small turtles that can grow up to 6 inches long. The price of a Reeves tortoise in India is around Rs 3000.
According to T. V. Sajeev, a senior scientist at KFRI who was appointed in recent days by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change (MoEFCC) as the national focal point for the Asia-Pacific Network on Invasive Forest Species (APFISN), the red-eared repellent, an invasive turtle species in India, is spreading rapidly in waters in India. particularly in the southern states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Last April, police and forestry officials seized two of these turtles from the pockets of four people in Kerala – they were first arrested by Munnar Hill station for deceiving a taxi driver, and the turtles were discovered in their pockets.