Natural Resource Conservation Network authorities together with police flying squad unit have rescued 5 live tortoises from 2 traffickers , according to police officials from Mbarara CPS , the latest haul in a country with a thriving illegal wildlife trade. The animals – 5 Marsh Terrapin tortoises were recovered from Tushemereirwe Eddie and Tushemereirwe Deus all residents of Isingiro district western Uganda.
The Terrapins were rescued yesterday afternoon from Mbarara Delta petrol station an official said and the creatures were taken from water bodies of western Uganda. The rescued tortoises are now with Uganda Wildlife Authority a conservation organization that 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 a regional demand for pets.
Brief Facts about Marsh Terrapins
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, 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.
(Media Assistant, Natural Resource Conservation Network)