To describe the extant turtle fauna of Nepal is not an easy task, especially as there are man forms regarded close to extinction according to international regulations by IUCN or CITES. The available taxonomic information was in most of the cases rather tentative and speculative. Neither references in literature nor records by the staff from national parks and protected areas are yet available for a taxonomical identification of turtles. Really confirmed records are extremely rare, those from earlier publications must be taken cautiously. Sightings of turtles are rare, mostly due to their cryptic life as, e.g. in softshells, but also due to heavy over-harvesting by humans
The few species recorded so far were rarely encountered by direct close-ups, but more likely by viewing them from far distances of several up to tens of meters. Thus, the publications containing listings on Nepal’s turtle fauna are almost exclusively based on information coming from neighboring countries like India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Bangladesh where species have been studied better. What makes things still worse is that formerly the records were never documented by good photographs or deposition in museum collections.
1. Documentation of herpetofauna of Nepal
2. Cooperation with different stakes of society to disseminate information regarding the status and immediate needs for the conservation of herpetofauna and their habitats
3. Turtle conservation works in low lands of Nepal
CARON published turtle conservation leaflets and poster in partnership with other stakeholders.
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