Quang Nam Bust Nets Turtles and Traders
October 25, 2006
Vietnam - On October 23, 2006, Quang Nam police discovered a shipment of turtles, snakes, and monitor lizards hidden on a public bus that originated in Binh Dinh Province. Amongst the wildlife recovered were 102 turtles representing seven native species including 70 elongated tortoises (Indotestudo elongata), 18 Asian leaf turtles (Cyclemys sp.), four Malayan snail-eating turtles (Malayemys subtrijuga), four keeled box turtles (Cuora mouhotii), three Malaysian box turtles (Cuora amboinensis), one impressed tortoise (Manouria impressa), and two Asiatic soft-shell turtles (Amyda cartilaginea). Also confiscated were 204kg of rat snakes (Ptyas sp.) and 29kg of clouded monitor lizards (Varanus bengalensis).
The snakes and monitor lizards were reportedly released locally while provincial authorities plan to ship the turtles to the Cuc Phuong Turtle Conservation Center (TCC) where they will be quarantined before possible consideration of release back into natural habitat within their native range.
Based on the species composition, the origin of the animals remains unknown, with both lowland wetland species typical of shipments coming out of the far south and Cambodia represented, as well as forest-dwelling species such as Manouria impressa and Cuora mouhotii represented, which are absent in the far south and more likely to have originated in central Vietnam.
Special thanks to the ENV Wildlife Crimes Monitoring Unit and the Quang Nam Forest Protection Department for providing information to the ATCN on this case.
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