River terrapins in peril because no suitable nesting place
Last Update: 18/06/2019
PARIT, June 18 (Bernama) – Extensive sand mining which has altered the riverbank has been making it difficult for river terrapins to find a suitable place to lay their eggs for a long time.
According to Perak Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) deputy director, Wan Shaharuddin Wan Nordin, the factors contributing to the species decline are changes in the soil and water level, including quality.
“This is why the (Bota River Terrapin) conservation centre is vital as a hatchery and to restore breeding because it is not occurring naturally.
“There are incubators which have helped with 85 per cent of the hatching since last year,” he told reporters today during a release programme of almost 200, three-year old river terrapins into Sungai Perak by 39 Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Kelebang pupils.
He said that there were 200-300 successful hatchings and that it is increasing every year.
“Here, there are 1,097 parent and young terrapins which are being cared for, with almost 60, aged over 40 terrapins used as breeding stock,” he said.
He said should anyone come across a terrapin, they should report it to Perhilitan so that they can record the location, adding “the river terrapin is protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 and to keep one requires a licence”.