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non CITES protected chelonians in the markets 

Chelydra serpentina - Common snapping turtle

150 RMB per Kg ($20 US) for food

Belize, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France  (int), Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, United States


A variety of American species can be found in the Asian markets.   Prices in general for the American species are much, much higher than their Asian counterparts.

The picture below shows a large common snapper in with a beautiful blond elongated tortoise in the food area of the Guangzhou Qing Ping market.  The following day, the snapping turtle was alone in the bin.  We didn't ask.

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