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How a popular pet turtle species threatens India's waterbodies - Red eared slider

Unaware pet owners and weak wildlife trade regulations are facilitating the spread of the red-eared slider in water bodies across India. The turtles originated in the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. Between 1989 and 1997 farmers and pet traders in the U.S. illegally exported millions of red-eared sliders to different countries around the world, including India. The exotic and invasive turtle compete with native biodiversity for food and other resources. Considered as one of the world's 100 worst invasive species, the red-eared slider has become a threat to India's 29 native species of freshwater turtles and tortoises. Subscribe to @Mongabay India _______ For more news and inspiration from nature's frontline in India, visit Mongabay India Instagram Twitter Facebook Subscribe to Mongabay India's weekly newsletter here:
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