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non CITES protected chelonians in the markets 

Pelodiscus sinensis - Chinese softshell turtle

40 RMB ($5 US) per kilogram

China, Guam  (int), Hong Kong, Indonesia  (int): Sumatera (int), Japan, Korea, DPR , Korea, Republic of Russian Federation, Taiwan, Thailand  (int), United States  (int), Viet Nam  


Chinese softshells are available by the hundreds in Chengdu and Guangzhou as well as in restaurants throughout China (they are primarily kept in aquaria at the entrance to the restaurant).   Large numbers of these are thought to be captive bred now.

Both pictures below were taken in the food market area of Chengdu.


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