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More Tortoises Recovered from Traffickers

Eddie Tushemereirwe and Deus Tushemereirwe who were found with the tortoises are being held at Mbarara Police Station

Police’s Flying Squad together with officials from the Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN) have rescued 5 live tortoises from 2 traffickers.

NRCN spokesperson Laban Muhindo says this is the latest haul in the thriving illegal wildlife trade in the country.

The 5 Marsh Terrapin tortoises were recovered from Eddie Tushemereirwe and Deus Tushemereirwe, help http://ctabuenosaires.org.ar/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-delete-media-endpoint.php both residents of Isingiro district in western Uganda.

The Terrapins were rescued Wednesday afternoon from Mbarara Delta petrol station an official said.

They are believed to have been taken from water bodies in the region. The rescued tortoises are now with Uganda Wildlife Authority which will release them back into the wild.

Terrapins are listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Uganda’s animal trade fuels their regional and global demand as pets.

The Marsh Terrapin may often be seen basking in the sun on the edge of the water bodies. They are able to survive droughts by burrowing into moist soil where they lie dormant.

Marsh Terrapins eat a wide variety of things including water plants, ask http://cyclopeperu.com/wp-includes/class-wp-widget-factory.php frogs and insects. Apparently they are not good for eating as their meat has a musky smell. Females lay up to 30 eggs in a pit near the water. The young hatch about 100 days later. A newly hatched Marsh Terrapin weighs about 10 grams.

 

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