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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN

No. 263, 2nd December 2016

1. Vietnam: prosecutes the main suspect behind the network responsible for the country’s largest wildlife trade case involving dead sea turtle.
SOURCE: cand.com.vn – DATE: 2nd December 2016

On the 3rd of December 2016, Khanh Hoa police said that they had prosecute the accused, Hoang Tuan Hai (44 years old, residents in Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province) for breaking the law on wildlife protection.

In December 2014, Vietnam’s National Environmental Police raided three warehouses owned by Hai in the city of Nha Trang and discovered 4,379 dead marine turtle carcasses and 3,855 shells of Small Giant Clam (Tridacna maxima). Based on assessment result of Nha Trang Oceanography Institute shows that sea turtles remains belong to species listed in Appendix I (CITES) and Small Giant Clam listed in Appendix II (CITES).

On the 10th of June 2015, Khanh Hoa Police issued a decision to prosecute the criminal case for violating of the provisions on wildlife protection. Then the case was suspended on the 11th of October 2015. One year later, on the 10th of October 2016, the case was restored.

ATP NOTE: The marine turtles involved in the case belonged to two species: Hawksbill Sea Turtle  (Eretmochelys imbricata) and Olive Ridley Sea Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea). All marine turtle species occurring in the coastal waters of Vietnam are also nationally protected under Vietnamese national law, Decree 59/2005/ND-CP.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

Dead sea turtle

© cand.com.vn

Leopard tortoise

© P. Williams

2. South Africa: The happiest tortoise alive! Animals are spotted mating by stunned photographer – and look far from camera-shy 
SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk – DATE: 29th November 2016

A Leopard tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis) couple were captured mating in the savannas of Great Karoo in South Africa - close up.

A BBC producer was on hand to capture the intimate moment but the heavy set pair didn't seem to mind.

Leopard tortoises, which are native to Africa, can only mate in one position due to their body shape and size.

The male tortoises let out sporadic grunts while they mate but the females remain silent for the process.

Link to this web article online (English)

3. The UK: Satsuma the rare turtle hatches at Chester Zoo
SOURCE: liverpoolecho.co.uk – DATE: 2nd December 2016

Chinese Three-striped Box Turtles (Cuora trifasciata) are a critically endangered species.

One of the world’s rarest turtles has hatched at Chester Zoo (Cheshire, England, the UK).

The Chinese Three-striped Box Turtle, a critically endangered species regarded as one of the top ten most threatened turtles on the planet, emerged after an 85-day incubation period.

And the new arrival, who weighed in at 18g, has been named Satsuma because of its tiny stature and soft orange and yellow colourings.

Link to this web article online (English)

Chinese three-stripped box turtle

© dailymail.co.uk

Alligator snapping turtle

© Wildlife Centre of Texas

4. The USA: Huge Alligator Snapping Turtle saved from drain pipe
SOURCE: telegraph.co.uk – DATE: 2nd December 2016

A monstrous 53lb (24kg) Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) is recovering after being saved by fire crews and animal rescue in Houston, Texas, the USA.

The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) says the specimen is one of a threatened species of snapping turtle.

The SPCA team were only able to rescue the reptile after fire crews used a hydraulic jaw to open the drain it was stuck.

Link to this web article online (English)

 

 
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