Archive for January 2019

Illicit Trade in Indian Flapshell Turtles Amounts to Crisis for TSA-India

Our TSA-India program is in crisis management mode, and for one sole reason: wildlife trafficking. Nearly 9,000 turtles representing 7 species have been intercepted from wildlife traffickers in the last two months by the law enforcement authorities of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, India. One species in particular is taking the brunt of this illicit…

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Faces of the TSA Vol. 17

Who: Rishika Dubla What: Senior Project Officer Where: Terai Project, Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh   How did you first become involved in turtle and tortoise conservation in India? In 2016, I moved back to India from the United Kingdom in search of wildlife related jobs after finishing a degree in Biological Sciences from Oxford University. I…

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Species Spotlight Vol. 17

Indian Flapshell Turtle (Lissemys punctata) Countries of Origin: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan IUCN Status: Least Concern (Vulnerable status recommended 2017) Habitat: Marshes, rivers, lakes, ponds, agricultural paddies, brackish estuaries, canals, and ditches Size:          Males ≤ 23 cm (9 in.)  Females ≤ 35 cm (14 in.) Factoids: Morphologically an evolutionary link between the…

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