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The Elusive

My motto? Camouflage is everything.

The story behind this turtle

First discovered in 1911, two Cane Turtles were described in 1912 as a new species. Since then, they were hiding so well that they were only rediscovered 70 years later by a young Indian lady named Vijaya in the forests of Kerala. Vijaya sadly died at the age of 28, but thanks to Peter Praschag, she lives on as an honorable namesake for the turtles which are now called Vijayachelys (Vijaya's turtle). The species is intraspecific aggressive and in case of danger it can dive into a foliage layer to hide. The activity levels of these turtles strongly depend on precipitation and humidity, which makes them become more agile.

Facts & Figures

The Elusive

- Loves humidity
- Cane Turtle
- Endangered

Scientific name
Vijayachelys silvatica
Status
Endangered
Origin
Southwest India

The Elusive

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Name:
Turtle Island Corporation USA
Bank:
Wells Fargo
IBAN:
1136635370 (Account)
BIC:
122000247 (Routing)

Contact

MAG. DR. PETER PRASCHAG
Founder of Turtle Island
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