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‘Impressive’ tortoise discovered in Arunachal Pradesh (Relevant for GS Prelims; Environment & Biodiversity)


A tortoise considered beautiful enough to be named ‘impressed’ has been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh.

A team of herpetologists from the Forest Department and two NGOs — Help Earth and Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) — found the Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa) in Yazali area of the Lower Subansiri district a few days ago.

About the tortoise
This is the first record of the tortoise in India, taking the count to five and the non-marine chelonian count to 29. Chelonian is an order of reptile that includes turtles, terrapins and tortoises.

The Asian Forest Tortoise, the largest in mainland Asia, is found only in the northeast, as are 20 of the other 28 species of chelonians.

The male Impressed Tortoise is smaller than the female which is 30 cm in length.


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