Vietnamese Pond Turtle Revived from conservation efforts in Vietnam
π‘΄π’‚π’–π’“π’†π’Žπ’šπ’” π’‚π’π’π’‚π’Žπ’†π’π’”π’Šπ’” also known as the Vietnamese pond turtle is one of the endemic turtle species in the central region of Vietnam. It was first described by Siebenrock in 1903. Mauremys annamensis is classified as critically endangered species (CR) by the IUCN in 2018 due to their severe decline in the wild.

Mauremys annamensisΒ has two or three yellow lines on the head and a slit over the eye and the breastplate symmetrical black streak and has no hinges. The Vietnamese pond turtles usually inhabit wetland area such as ponds, lakes, and rivers from Da Nang city to Phu Yen province, possibly in Gia Lai province, Kon Tum province (Asian Turtle Program).

Mauremys annamensisΒ are protected by Vietnam’s wildlife protection (Decree No. 06/2019/ND-CP and Decree No. 160/2013/ND-CP). But due to their high price in the market, many still hunt this species for economic profit. Today, the Vietnamese pond turtle is almost impossible to find in the wild as they exist only in low densities. The biggest cause of this turtle’s mass disappearance is being hunted for consumption as food, traditional medicine or for pet trading (van Dijk et al. 2000). According ATP, China is the top market for Vietnamese pond turtle trading. The specie were hunted to near extinction during the period after 1998. The rareness of them and the high demand both increase. The market price of this species. For the Vietnamese Pond Turtle, human has been the main cause of their disappearance in the wild.

Mauremys annamensisΒ had not been encountered in their natural habitat for 67 years. In November 2006 the ATP found an individual in the Dien Ban and Duy Xuyen districts, which terminate suspicion of their extinction of them in the wild.

From the original 18 turtles that are illegal traded in China market, the Turtle Conservation Center (TCC) in Cuc Phuong National Park has successfully bred 600 more turtles, which lighted new hopes for this species through reintroduction programmes.

Mauremys annamensisΒ had not been encountered in their natural habitat for 67 years. In November 2006 the ATP found an individual in the Dien Ban and Duy Xuyen districts, which terminate suspicion of their extinction of them in the wild.

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