Northern river terrapin close to extinction in Myanmar


Source: mmtimes

Date: 15 December 2017

The northern river terrapin (Batagur baska), which mainly inhabits mangrove forests, are nearly extinct and there are only three of them left in the whole country, a turtle conservationist said.

The species, which has a domed carapace that can be either gray or black, has been classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The length of a mature female's carapace is about 60 centimetres, while the male's is about 50cm. They are predominantly herbivorous and prefer mangrove fruit.

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