Which Tortoise Is Legal In India?

Which turtle is not banned in India?

Indian Soft/Flap-shelled Turtle (Lissemys punctata)

Although “Least Concern” Status holder, the L. punctata is not allowed to be kept as pet or traded.

Here are the species that are illegal to keep as pets or trade in India:

  • Audithia Turtle (Pelochelys bibroni)
  • Ganges Soft-shelled Turtle (Trionyx gangeticus)
  • Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia Mydas)
  • Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
  • Leathery Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)

Cats, Dogs, Camels, Goat, Sheep, Buffaloes, Cows, Horses, Ponies, Pigs, Red-eared Sliders, Ornamental Fish reared in aquariums, Asses reared domestically and Rabbits are legally accepted pets.

Can I keep a tortoise as a pet?

Tortoises are long-lived, hearty, and reasonably easy to care for. They are not an ideal pet to keep indoors, and not a pet that is played with, cuddled, or handled very often. Tortoises thrive best where they get sunshine and fresh air. The key to keeping your tortoise healthy is to follow these simple rules.

Can we pet elephant in India?

There are more than 3,000 captive elephants in India and they’re not all in the temples of south India. The Wildlife Protection Act makes elephant trade illegal but captive elephants can be transferred from one owner to another.

Do tortoises love their owners?

Tortoises are affectionate creatures, and they readily recognise their owners. You should under no circumstances buy a tortoise from a pet shop without its paperwork. The illegal trade in tortoises is a criminal offence and can lead to up to five years in prison for both the buyer and seller.

Can we buy turtle in India?

Most native/Indian species of turtles are highly protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and hence it is illegal to own/have them as pets or otherwise. Remember, turtles are amphibians, meaning they live on land and water, both.

Can I pet a tortoise in India?

The red footed tortoise is a native of South America and is a legal pet in India. But due to the endangerment of this species, it’s again come under the radar of the wild life conservation authorities. Breeding of yet some other species is illegal, but ownership and import of these species is legal.

Is tortoise banned in India?

The export of Indian star tortoises is banned in India under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. The reptile is protected in its natural range in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. It is a threatened species listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.