Forest officials said that star tortoises were returned from Kuala Lumpur after customs officials in the airport there found it in an unclaimed parcel that had allegedly arrived from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Officials said that the parcel was suspected to be smuggled to Malaysia. The reptile is not a protected species in both the countries.
Kuala Lumpur Wildlife Department alerted the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau in Chennai. "The tiny Indian star tortoises were sent back to India and the customs at the Chennai airport handed them over to us," said Karunapriya, Wildlife Warden.
The herbivorous reptile known as Geochelone Elegans is native to India and Sri Lanka and foreigners fancy it as pets.The female tortoise is larger than the male and the species can be recognized by the radial yellow lines in its acute. The optimal temperature for the reptile is between 80 and 90 degree Fahrenheit.
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