Rare Golden Turtle Found In Nepal For The First Time Ever – Discovered In Nepal
The golden turtle gets its unique colour from a rare genetic mutation.
A golden turtle has been discovered in Nepal for the first time ever. The turtle is now being hailed as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, reports the Daily Mail.
According to Mithila Wildlife Trust, which identified the turtle as an Indian Flapshell Turtle or Lissemys punctata andersoni, the reptile gets its unique colour from a rare genetic mutation that alters its pigmentation. The condition that gives the turtle its dazzling gold shell is called chromatic leucism.
It is believed to be only the fifth time that a golden turtle of the species Lissemys punctata andersoni has been spotted anywhere in the world, and the first time ever in Nepal.
According to the Trust, the turtle was rescued by Chandradeep Sada, animal keeper at Dhanushadham Protected Forest. The discovery has created a huge buzz online, and pictures of the turtle have gone massively viral on social media. This is important to mention here that the Turtle was rescued by Chandradeep Sada, animal keeper at Dhanushadham Protected Forest (DPF) and was released in Dhanush Dah inside DPF. Chandradeep Sada has been working with us since last 7 years and is the first person from his community to pass Class-10th at Dhanushadham Municipality-1 & 2. Being born at Jungle Tol, Dhanushadham and spent whole childhood inside forest, he knows each and everything about DPF. He is also one of our nature guide as well as citizen scientist. Once you meet him and spend some time learning about our conservation effort at Dhanushadham, you will remember his smile and attitude for lifetime.
A huge thanks to Kamal Devkota ji, Mithila Wildlife Trust rescue team and all staff members of Sub-Division Forest Office, Dhanushadham. It had a deep spiritual significance.
“Not only golden animals, but turtles overall have significant religious and cultural value in Nepal,” he said, according to Ladbible. “In Hindu mythology the upper shell of the turtle denotes the sky and lower shell denotes earth.”
The golden turtle was released back into the wild after pictures were taken as proof.
Nepal is home to 16 species of turtles, of which four are critically endangered: the three-striped roofed turtle (Kachuga dhongoka), the red-crowned roofed turtle (Kachuga kachuga), the Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle (Chitra indica) and the elongated tortoise (Indotestudo elongata).
Though turtles play an important role in reducing pollution by feeding on insects, vegetation and animals, factors like habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation have been threatening their survival.