NATURAL HISTORY NOTES

2017-09-27T12:55:47+00:00

Batagur trivittata - dichromatic coloration (2017) TRACHYCEPHALUS TYPHONIUS (Veined Treefrog) and DERMATONOTUS MUELLERI (Mueller’s Termite Frog). INTERSPECIFIC AMPLEXUS AND NECROPHILIA. Cases of interspecific amplexus are found between living and dead individuals of many anuran species [...]

Turtle Assurance Colonies

2017-05-19T09:58:24+00:00

In addition to captive propagation of Burmese star tortoises and Burmese roofed turtles, WCS/TSA also maintains assurance colonies of Asian giant tortoises and Arakan forest turtles. About 60 Asian giant tortoises are held in assurance [...]

Turtle Rescue Center

2017-05-19T09:58:25+00:00

The Turtle Rescue Center (TRC) was opened on 6 December 2012 in a formal ceremony attended by representatives of WCS, TSA, and the Myanmar Forest Department. The TRC sits astride the Mandalay to Lashio Highway, [...]

Softshell Turtles

2017-05-19T09:58:25+00:00

Five species of softshell turtles are known to occur in Myanmar (Amyda cartilaginea, Nilssonia formosa, Chitra vandijki, Dogania subplana, Lissemys scutata), and three of these are endemic (N. formosa, C. vandijki, and L. scutata). As [...]

Burmese Roofed Turtle

2017-05-19T09:58:25+00:00

The Burmese roofed turtle (Batagur trivittata)  is a critically endangered endemic species known only from the Ayeyarwady, Chindwin, Sitaung, and lower Salween rivers, where it was historically reported to be common. However, rampant egg collection, [...]

Burmese Star Tortoise

2016-02-03T13:21:03+00:00

The Burmese star tortoise (Geochelone platynota) is a critically endangered species endemic to the dry zone of central Myanmar. High demand, first from food and traditional medicine markets in southern China, and later by global [...]

Turtle conservation

2017-05-19T09:58:25+00:00

Myanmar supports one of the most diverse, yet imperiled chelonian faunas in Southeast Asia. At least 27 species of freshwater turtles and tortoises are known to occur in Myanmar, including eight endemic forms. Despite such [...]