Turtle and Tortoise Trafficking in Myanmar

22 wildlife traffickers were arrested between January 2010 and April 2011 in Myanmar for attempting to smuggled 3,725 turtles or tortoises out of the country.

Myanmar is home to 32 turtle and tortoise species, which are sold by traffickers on the black market for 150,000 Myanmar Khat.

Wildlife officials in the country report that almost half of all wildlife trafficking arrests involves turtles and tortoises because “they are silent and easy to catch.”

(Endangered Animals Price List.)

Source: Ei Ei Toe Lwin, “Illegal wildlife trade on increase: govt,” Myanmar Times, August 22, 2011.