Nainital, Uttarakhand: For the first time, researchers have found a three-keeled land turtle in Nandhaur Wildlife Sanctuary. The scientific name of this turtle is M tricarinata, and, according to experts, there is very little information available about this turtle.
“The Tricarinate hill turtle has remained poorly studied. There is still paucity of information on crucial aspects like breeding biology, activity pattern and habitat requirements. The species has been spotted earlier in Rajaji Tiger Reserve and Corbett Tiger Reserve,” R Suresh Kumar, senior scientist, department of endangered species management from Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, told TOI.
Scientists know very little about the population status, habitat requirements, diet or breeding biology of this species. The species is included in the Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972 and has been listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Chandrashekhar, divisional forest officer, Haldwani, told TOI, “The species was spotted by sub-divisional officer Rajesh Srivastav. We will now conduct a detailed survey to protect the species in Nandhaur valley. The species has been spotted earlier in Rajaji Tiger Reserve and Corbett Tiger Reserve.”