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Red-Crowned Roofed Turtle : CITES

Red-Crowned Roofed Turtle : CITES

India has proposed to protect the Red-Crowned Roofed turtle at the 19th Conference of the Parties to CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) in Panama.

  • India has raised a proposal to the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species on Wild Fauna and Flora for the addition of the riverine species to Appendix I from current Appendix II.
  • The species covered by CITES are listed in three Appendices as per the degree of protection they need:
  • Appendix I includes species threatened with extinction.
  • Appendix II includes species not necessarily threatened with extinction but (where trade must be controlled).
  • Appendix III contains species that are protected in at least one country, which has asked other CITES parties for assistance in controlling the trade.
  • The 19th Conference of the Parties to CITES is being asked to consider stricter trade regulations for nearly six hundred species of animals and plants believed to be under increased threat of extinction from international trade.

Red Crowned Roofed Turtle:

  • Red Crowned Roofed Turtle is one of the 24 species endemic to India, is characterised by the bright colours such as red, yellow, white and blue on the faces and necks of the males.
  • Scientific Name: Batagur kachuga.
  • Common Names: Bengal roof turtle, Red-crowned roofed turtle.