Khanda

 | Wallhanging by Carel Brest van Kempen | Artists for Conservation
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Khanda

Wallhanging
Dimensions:
18.00" H x 24.00" W
Medium:
Acrylic
Year Completed:
2013
Subject(s):
Indian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle
Original for Sale:
Original Available
Available as Ltd Edition:
No
Artist will donate 15% to Artists for Conservation (AFC) from sale of this work.
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$8,800 USD

Four genera of huge, mysterious softshell turtles inhabit the Asian continent. On the Indian subcontinent, this group is represented by the endangered Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle (Chitra indica), which haunts slower waters of the Ganges, Godavari, Mahanadi, Satluj and Indus drainages. The shells of these highly aquatic turtles can exceed a meter in length. Their diet consists of fish and aquatic invertebrates along with some plant matter. The females climb onto land to lay their egg clutches, which can contain over one hundred eggs. Although it's poorly known, this turtle is threatened by water pollution and redistribution, and by extensive hunting for its cartilaginous rim or 'calipee,' which is considered a delicacy. Other subjects include a Painted Stork, the invasive Water Hyacinth, Tailed Green Jay Swallowtail, Twin-banded Loach, Zebrafish, and Skittering Frog.

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