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Red turtles rescued from the Chinese

February 5 2008

Customs staff Birobidzhan (Jewish Autonomous Region) have stopped trying to export from the territory of the Russian Far East two reptiles - representatives of the subclass Anapsidy squad turtles.

According to the press service of the customs administration Birobidzhan customs officers found a customs post in your travel bag PRC citizen of two turtles. The poor reptile had been wrapped in duct tape and tightly primotany to each other, wrapped in a towel and placed into the inner pocket of the bag. One of the turtles, it is sufficient adult, weighing 1, 25 kg, the second - 260 grams.

Turtles seized and handed over the management of Rosprirodnadzor for EAO for examination. According to the expert data objects of fauna are the only spineless turtles that live in our country. They are usually referred to simply as the Far Eastern tortoises. They are found in the Far East to the north of the mouth of the Amur river, included in the Red Book of the Russian Federation. In addition, since January 12, 2005 Far turtles are listed in CITES (Appendix III), which regulates the import and export of objects of the flora and fauna threatened with extinction.

Turtles were released into their natural habitats - the Amur River in an area. Amurzet Jewish Autonomous Region.

With regard to the citizen of China made a decision on administrative violation of Part 2 st.16.1 Code of Administrative Offences (concealment of goods from customs control through the use of caches and other ways difficult to detect the products). He faces a penalty of an administrative fine of one-half to three times the value of the goods giving rise to administrative offenses, with the confiscation, reports Pravda.Ru .

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