Vietnamese rare turtle discovery

This video from Canada says about itself:

Turtles @ Toronto Zoo

Common snapper.

Flowerback box turtle (Vietnamese box turtle).

From VietNamNet:

07/04/2011 01:00:00 PM (GMT+7)

Scientists find home of rare turtle

VietNamNet Bridge – Scientists announced that they have discovered the natural habitat of a rare turtle species, the Vietnamese box turtle (Cuora picturata), in forests on the Langbian Plateau in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.

Scientists from the HCM City University of Natural Sciences did field surveys from July last year to January together with a colleague from the US-based North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, according to a press release from the University.

They found eight turtles at various locations on the plateau.

“This discovery provides foundation for conservation of the Vietnamese box turtle and hope for determining the wild origin of other rare turtle species,” the scientists said.

Conservation activities like habitat protection and wildlife rehabilitation could only be effective when the natural ranges of animals were clearly known, they added.

This endangered turtle was first discovered in 1998 in HCM City because of the illegal wildlife trade but scientists had never saw it in the wild until now.

The natural habitats of many Asian turtle species remained a mystery to scientists, they said.

Meanwhile, the illegal poaching and trading of turtle for food, traditional medicine, and pets have taken many species to the brink of extinction.

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1 thought on “Vietnamese rare turtle discovery

  1. Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Vietnam releases scared turtle in good health

    The Associated Press

    HANOI, Vietnam — State media say a rare giant turtle considered sacred in Vietnam has been released back into a Hanoi lake.

    Online newspaper VnExpress quoted the director of Hanoi’s science and technology department, Le Xuan Rao, as saying the turtle returned to the cleaned-up Hoan Kiem lake Tuesday after being treated for skin lesions.

    In April, the turtle was removed from the lake and put into a holding tank for treatment after photos showed injuries on its legs and neck.

    The giant female turtle has a shell size of a desk and weighs 370 pounds (169 kilograms). It is one of four known living Rafetus swinhoei species.

    Many Vietnamese believe it is the same mythical creature said to have helped King Le Loi fend off the Chinese nearly six centuries ago.


    July 13, 2011 04:26 AM EDT

    Copyright 2011, The Associated Press.


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