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Indian Black Turtle

Indian Black Turtle:

The Marakkanam police seized 46 live Indian Black Turtles ( Melanochelys trijuga ) from two persons who were allegedly smuggling them on a two-wheeler, from neighbouring Puducherry.

  • Indian Black Turtle is a medium-sized found across the Indian subcontinent.
  • It is an aquatic species, mainly associated with standing water bodies, sometimes rivers.
  • The species is an omnivore, consuming both aquatic macrophytes and invertebrates.
  • The species shows a crepuscular to a nocturnal lifestyle, with individuals seen foraging after dark along the edges of water bodies.
  • The distribution in India includes the hill ranges of the Western Ghats, south of Gujarat, and the southeast coast, and then a separate disjunct distribution in northern and northeastern India.
  • Conservation status: IUCN: Least concern