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.
- 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