Ministry of Environment informed Rajya Sabha about the Indian Tent Turtles.
About the ‘Indian Tent Turtle’ –
- The Indian tent turtle (Pangshura tentoria) is a species of turtle in the family Geoemydidae. The species is endemic to India and Bangladesh.
- The preferred habitats of P. tentoria are freshwater rivers and swamps.
- Indian tent turtle is listed in Schedule –I of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 and is thereby provided the highest degree of protection.
- There are no reports to indicate that the Indian tent turtle is on the verge of extinction due to illegal mining in Narmada River.
- Conservation status –
- IUCN Status: Least Concern.
- CITES Status: Appendix II.