An Indian black turtle (Melanochelys trijuga) was released safety in its natural habitat today. The turtle was handed over by one Kh. Gopen Singh of Thongam Khunou.
After the release of the turtle, N. Munal Meitei, Range Officer/Kakching told that this medium size turtle is in Schedule IV of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and near threatened as per IUCN list.
The species whose size varies from 38 to 45 cm is most active during early morning and evening, spending most of the day basking in the sun. It is omnivorous, with its diet ranging from aquatic plants to aquatic insects and carrion and thus it is a very useful amphibian in terms of insect control. The Indian black turtle breeds during the wet season, between August to October with two to six eggs per year laid in burrows and the incubation period is for 60–65 days.
Rabi Takhellambam, a resident of Kairembikhok Mayai Leikai, ThoubaI District has been in the field of Journalism for more than 10 years. Rabi, is well known for his reporting from Thoubal side and Indo-Myanmar border. Rabi is also a member of All Manipur Working Journalist Union, the parent body of Journalist Union in Manipur. He can be contacted by email at [email protected]