Rare Species Of Tortoise Sighted In Arunachal Pradesh

Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa) found near Yazali of Lower Subansari district in Arunachal Pradesh. Photo Courtesy: Jayaditya Purkayastha.

Guwahati, June 27, 2019

A rare species of Tortoise was recently spotted near Yazali of Lower Subansari district in Arunachal Pradesh, the Wildlife Conservation Society-India informed.

A male and a female species of the Impressed Tortoise were discovered this month. The Wildlife experts are of the view that with this discovery the count of non-marine chelonians has risen to 29 and tortoises to five. Chelonian is an order of reptile that includes turtles, terrapins and tortoises.

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A survey team consisting of Bunty Tao and Bharat Bhushan Bhatt of Arunachal Forest Department, Shailendra Singh and Arpita Dutta from Turtle Survival Alliance/ Wildlife Conservation Society-India and Jayaditya Purkayastha from Help Earth examined, marked and photographed the species before releasing them into their original habitats.

As per reports, Bunty Tao, who is a ranger at the Hapoli forest division in Arunachal Pradesh’s Kamle district, had recently caught a villager with the tortoise while he was taking the reptile home for consumption.

“This is not a new species but a new record for India. The finding shall help grow interest regarding turtles of the region. We wish to have more such findings in the coming times.”, said Jayaditya Purkayastha from Help Earth while speaking with Time8.