A once thought extinct forest turtle, the arakan turtle with scientific name Heosemys depressa has been rediscovered in the wild in Myanmar in South East Asia.

The arakan turtle is a small brown tan and brown colored spotted turtle that is found only in Myanmar. Not much is known about the specifics of this species. They are critically endangered due to the fact that they breed just once a year (and eggs take 100 days to incubate) and that they are sought by locals for medicinal & culinary reasons. Another case of the people must eat versus an endangered species

I personally enjoy reading stories like this where once thought extinct species are being found – they give hope that the lost animal populations can be restored.

See the original article from the AP here, Turtle thought to be extinct spotted in Myanmar.

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