Know Which Turtles You Can Own
Delhi’s Reptile Expert Dr. Nagendra Yadav explains that Star Tortoises cannot be reared as they are born in India. The foreign breed can be kept at home. Just like we can keep parrots of foreign species, in the same way we can keep some of foreign species too. Actually, there are many reasons to domesticate a turtle. People who like wildlife prefer to bring it home because of less space and not much care required. Not only children, people of all ages like turtles. However, before bringing a turtle home, you need to know about the law. In some places you cannot travel with a tortoise. If we talk about the legal aspect, except for some special species of turtles, you can make them pets, but it is necessary to take it from a legal source only. For this, find out about the government rules in whatever state you are in. In this you will also know from where you can get the turtle and of what size and weight. Turtles can also be taken from the wildlife sanctuary.
According to our Wildlife Act, we cannot keep any species of tortoise from India in our house. Exotic means turtles of origin outside India can be reared. According to the law, we can keep foreign turtles legally.
Dr. Nagendra Yadav, Reptile Expert, Delhi
… then 6 months in jail
If you are thinking about bringing a turtle home, then it is necessary to have a big tank, cleanliness, fresh vegetables to eat and insects to eat. Always keep one thing in mind that never buy turtle from a roadside shop or trader. Buy turtles from registered pet stores only. Keeping a turtle is illegal in some states and if you break the rules, you may have to pay a fine. In 2021, a woman was arrested from Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh area because she kept an endangered species of turtle at home. If a star tortoise is found with you, then there can be a punishment of up to 6 months.
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