Northern River Terrapin

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  • March 9, 2022
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Northern River Terrapin

Part of: Prelims and GS-III Environment 

Context: Recently, GPS transmitters on Northern River Terrapin in Indian Sundarbans were installed.

  • The objective of the initiative was to ascertain the habitat, breeding pattern and the movement of the species.
  • After installation, at least three of the ten individuals of the critically endangered Northern River Terrapin have travelled hundreds of kilometers and are now in Bangladesh.

Northern river terrapin

  • It is found in India and Bangladesh (Sundarbans), Myanmar, Malaysia (peninsular), Indonesia (Sumatra), Thailand, and Cambodia.
  • It lives in coastal mangrove estuaries and creeks, but ventures far upstream during the breeding season.
  • Threats:
    • Hunting and harvesting of eggs.
    • Pollution and loss of habitat
    • Drowning by illegal fishing nets.
    • Siltation and sedimentation due to watershed activities such as logging.
  • IUCN: Critically endangered
  • CITES: Appendix I

News Source: TH

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