You asked: Which tortoise is legal in India?

On the contrary it is legal to have turtle in India which is not native to India means Indian species. As such red-earned slider or Singapore turtle are legal. But Tortoises come under the purview of schedule IV of the IWPA and thus the department is empowered to register a case, conduct raid and arrests.

The Indian star tortoise was upgraded to CITES Appendix I (threatened with extinction) by full consensus among all member states (of CoP18 with 183 countries), giving it the highest level of international protection from commercial trade. “This is a landslide win for this species.

Is eating tortoise illegal in India?

The turtles and tortoise species protected under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, hunting, trade or any other form of utilization of the species or their body parts and derivatives is banned. … While India being a biodiversity rich country, it has been on radar of international wildlife smugglers and traders.

Some species of tortoise and turtles are not legal to own in India. … The Indian Star Tortoise and the Red Ear Slider are among a few types of reptiles that are unsuitable for rearing in an apartment space, and illegal to own.

How long does a tortoise live?

In general, most tortoise species can live 80–150 years.

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Can we eat tortoise meat?

It’s much healthier. They are high in protein, vitamins and some healthy fats. There are no benefits specifically eating tortoises. For reasons of conservation I do not recommend eating them too regularly as their habitat is diminishing around the world.

Which turtle is not banned in India?

It is better to refrain from acquiring these in view of the fact that keeping them as a pet is illegal in India. On the contrary it is legal to have turtle in India which is not native to India means Indian species. As such red-earned slider or Singapore turtle are legal.

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