Published on: November 18, 2021

INDIAN STAR TORTOISES

INDIAN STAR TORTOISES

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INDIAN STAR TORTOISES

  • Found across the Indian sub-continent, more specifically, in the Central and Southern parts of India, in West Pakistan and in Sri Lanka.
  • Protected under
    • Schedule IV of Wild Life Protection Act, 1972
    • Vulnerable under IUCN
    • CITES Appendix I
  • Threats: loss of habitat to agriculture and illegal harvesting for the pet trade.
  • Single most confiscated species of freshwater tortoise in the world, according to wildlife-trade watchdog TRAFFIC.
  • Trading require registration and special permits.