The eggs are expected to be hatched after 65-67 days
“Batagur Baska,” a rare species of riverine turtle, laid 27 eggs at the Wildlife Breeding Centre in Karamjal of the East Sundarbans on Sunday.
The Forest Department kept the eggs in incubator for safe hatching, said Azad Kabir, in-charge of the centre.
He said the eggs are expected to be hatched after 65-67 days.
Batagur Baska is one of the most critically endangered turtles in the world and can only be found in the wild in the mangroves of Bangladesh and India.
In 2017, two turtles laid 63 eggs of which 57 hatched. In 2018, two turtles laid 46 eggs, of which 26 hatched.
In 2019, one turtle laid 32 eggs and all of them hatched; and in 2020, two turtles laid 56 eggs and 52 of them hatched.
However, 10 turtles will be released in the Sundarbans in 2021 making the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said Azad.