VIDEO: Rare sweetwater yellow turtle spotted in Odisha
The reptile, deep yellow in colour, was rescued by a farmer, Basudev Mahapatra, from his paddy field at Sujanpur village.
A rare sweetwater yellow turtle was spotted in a paddy field in Odishas Balasore district, officials said on Monday. The reptile, deep yellow in colour, was rescued by a farmer, Basudev Mahapatra, from his paddy field at Sujanpur village under Soro block of the district on Sunday.
A rare yellow turtle was spotted & rescued in Balasore, Odisha yesterday.— Susanta Nanda IFS (@susantananda3) July 20, 2020
Most probably it was an albino. One such aberration was recorded by locals in Sindh few years back. pic.twitter.com/ZHAN8bVccU
"Our officials have collected it and we are in touch with experts to have detailed knowledge of the species," Divisional Forest Officer of Balasore Wildlife Division, Biswaranjan Panda, told PTI.
The entire shell and exterior of the turtle are yellow, another senior forest official, B Acharya, said.
"Most probably it is an albino. One such aberration was recorded in Sindh a few years ago," Wildlife expert and Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, Sushant Nanda, tweeted on Monday. Nanda also posted a video and a photograph of the turtle which, he said, has pink eyes one indicative feature of albinism".
Albinism is the "congenital absence of any pigmentation or coloration in a person, animal or plant, resulting in white hair, feathers, scales and skin and pink eyes in mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish and invertebrates as well
Local people gathered to see the rare turtle after it was found.
(Inputs from agencies, photo Sushant Nanda Twitter)