How many years does Indian roofed turtle live?
How long does an Indian roofed turtle live? Pangshura tecta have a maximum lifespan of 10-15 years in the wild, but it may diminish to about 11 years when raised in captivity.
Can Indian roofed turtle stay on land?
Indian roofed turtles are generally solitary creatures. They spend most of their lives in water, however, they require terrestrial habitats for nesting. They dive and swim well and often travel along the shore in search of food.
Is Indian roofed turtle illegal?
Indian roofed turtle is protected under Schedule I and parrot is protected under Schedule IV of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Animal rights groups have consistently urged citizens not to buy such wildlife species as pets, since not only is it illegal, but there is animal cruelty involved in these rackets.
How can I tell if my Indian roof turtle is real?
The Indian roofed turtle (Pangshura tecta) is a species of turtle in the family Geoemydidae. It can be distinguished by the distinct “roof” at the topmost part of the shell. It is found in the major rivers of South Asia. It is a common pet in the Indian Subcontinent.
What is the cost of Indian roofed turtle?
The high demand for them in both domestic and international markets has increased the cases of them being smuggled by poachers. One of the most smuggled such species is the Indian star turtle. According to some reports one single star turtle could fetch as high as Rs. 50,000 in the international market.