10 Jan 2007
TaKua Tung, Thailand – A local villager fishing in a mangrove in western Thailand got a surprise when he caught in his net a large turtle.
The catch turned out to be a rare mangrove terrapin, a species that has not been observed in the wild in Thailand for over 20 years.
Realizing that this was an unusual find, the village contacted a local specialist from WWF Thailand’s Marine and Coastal Resources Unit, based in the coastal province of Phang Nga, some 800km from the capital, Bangkok. …
Mangrove terrapins (Batagur baska) are one of Asia’s largest freshwater turtles.
They live in creeks and estuaries on the Andaman coast, from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, and Malaysia to as far as Sumatra in Indonesia, as well as in the South China Sea in the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Mangrove terrapins feed on the seed pods of mangrove and other coastal trees. Smaller terrapins also eat shrimp and crabs.
ScienceDaily (Jan. 18, 2012) — The Wildlife Conservation Society, in conjunction with the Cambodian Fisheries Administration and Wildlife Reserves Singapore, just announced the successful release of a Southern River terrapin (Batagur affinis) — one of the most endangered turtles on earth — into the Sre Ambel River in Cambodia. The turtle was released on January 16th at a ceremony attended by officials, conservationists, and local people: here.
Chinese turtles: here.
ScienceDaily (Sep. 22, 2009) — University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers exploring strategies for conserving the Diamondback Terrapin along Alabama’s Dauphin Island coastline are working to keep the once-celebrated turtle off the endangered species list: here.
Diamondback terrapins as by-catch: here.
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