Central American river turtle (Dermatemys mawii)

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Central American river turtle held by researcher
IUCN Red List species status – Critically Endangered CRITICALLY
ENDANGERED

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  • The Central American river turtle is found in Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala.
  • Found in rivers and lakes, Central American river turtles are fast swimmers, and are able to swim up rapids.
  • A herbivorous species, the Central American river turtle feeds on a variety of aquatic vegetation and fallen fruits.
  • Sadly, Central American river turtles are Critically Endangered due to human over-consumption.
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Central American river turtle fact file

Central American river turtle description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderTestudines
FamilyDermatemydidae
GenusDermatemys (1)

Information on the Central American river turtle is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

French
Dermatemyde De Mawe, Tortue De Tabasco.
Spanish
Tortuga Rivereña Centroamericana.
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Central American river turtle status

Classified as Critically Endangered (CR) on the IUCN Red List (1) and listed on Appendix II of CITES (2).

IUCN Red List species status – Critically Endangered

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (October, 2009)
    http://www.redlist.org
  2. CITES (October, 2009)
    http://www.cites.org
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Central American river turtle held by researcher  
Central American river turtle held by researcher

© Raul & Leah Gonzalez

Raul & Leah Gonzalez
shellsnscales@yahoo.com

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