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At risk: Asia's Box Turtles © Sabine Schoppe/TRAFFIC

Southeast Asian Box Turtle in Indonesia

At risk: Asia's Box Turtles © Sabine Schoppe/TRAFFIC

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Published 23rd February 2009

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Box turtles knocked out by excessive trade

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 23rd February 2009—Unregulated trade—at 10 to 100 times legal levels—has caused Southeast Asian Box Turtles almost to vanish from parts of Indonesia, where once they were common, according to a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. 

Status, trade dynamics and management of the Southeast Asian Box Turtle in Indonesia

Report author(s):
S. Schoppe

Publication date:
February 2009


Notes:

The Southeast Asian Box Turtle Cuora amboinensis is one of 29 native freshwater turtles to Indonesia. It has a low reproductive rate, making it susceptible to over-harvesting. The species is listed by IUCN as Vulnerable to extinction.