One female of Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) released back into habitat by Big Agency of Conservation of Natural Resources Province of North Sumatra and Satucita Foundation on Tuesday (10/12).

Previously, that female was handed over by it’s owner in City of Medan to staff of the Agency (BBKSDA North Sumatera) and Satucita on Sunday (10/3). The owner said he got the Painted Terrapin from a market in Medan. The origin of this terrapin is unknown, whether she is from North Sumatera, Aceh or other location.

painted terrapin in langkat
Painted Terrapin has just released into river by team of BBKSDA North Sumatera and Satucita.

After receive the terrapin, the team of BBKSDA and SatuCita conduct a brief physical health screening. The terrapin has a wound in her left and right side of her neck, leeches parasite on plastron and neck and it seems experiencing a stress which indicated by has no appetite. To treat those problems, the terrapin was transferred to headstarting facility located in Karang Gading Langkat Timur Laut (KGLTL) Wildlife Reserve from Medan.

The leeches were immediately taken from the plastron and neck of the terrapin, and the wound were treated by Betadine, an antiseptic which generally used for skin disinfection. During this treatment period, this aquatic species are placed inside a bucket without full water, so the wound will be recovered faster. It needs ten days for terrapin to recover from her wound, and her appetite looks better.

habitat of painted terrapin in langkat
A typical habitat of Painted Terrapin characterized by Sonneratia sp. in KGLTL Wildlife Reserves.

Finally, on Tuesday (October 12th), the female of one of the most endangered turtle in the world released into location which recorded as this species historical distribution area, Karang Gading Langkat Timur Laut Wildlife Reserves, to reinforce wild population. This place is known as one of the remaining wild population habitat in Sumatra Island. This location is expected to be a place for Satucita and BBKSDA North Sumatera to recover Painted Terrapin wild population in a long term.

One thought on “Release Painted Terrapin Back Into Habitat

  1. Congratulations and very best wishes to this newly-released Lady Painted Terrapin – and many thanks to you.

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