The Central American river turtle, Dermatemys mawii, can be found in Central America from southern Mexico as far south as northern and eastern central. SUMMARY. – The Central American River Turtle, Dermatemys mawii, the single remaining extant species of the formerly wide-spread primitive. The Critically Endangered Central American river turtle is the sole surviving species of a historically widespread family of turtles. However, the entire lineage is.

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Please donate to Arkive Help us share the wonders of the natural world. Dermatemys mawii in Belize. Central American River Turtle 2.

These turtles are poorly suited to life outside water and feed on aquatic dermatemya and fallen fruits and leaves from riparian vegetation. An annotated checklist and key to the reptiles of Mexico exclusive of the snakes. Lindsey Paretti – Blood Island.

Tweet Please submit feedback about this entry to the curator. The underside, or plastron, is cream-colored, rounded at the front and serrated at the end. NW Honduras Pough et al. The distribution, status, and level dernatemys exploitation of freshwater turtle Dermatemys mawii in Belize, Central America. Central American River Mwwii G: This overexploitation has led to many populations becoming extirpated.

When handled, it will thrash its tail and limbs around vigorously but rarely bites. Nawii is a rather prominent feature of the turtle’s face because it projects rather strongly from the front of the head. This species of turtle is very passive and has a mild disposition. Legislation has been passed nationally and internationally to help D. Wikispecies has information related to Dermatemys mawii.


Near its upper surface, the organism is reddish brown to yellow in color while its sides typically remain the olive-gray of the shell.

Chelonian Conservation and Biology 11 1: Results of the survey indicated the population is clearly headed towards extinction in Belize unless conservation measures are put in place. It extends past the edge of the back of the carapace in males and just barely to that edge in females.

Central American river turtle

Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd 1: Key Behaviors motile Food Habits The Central American River Turtle generally eats plants either submerged below the water or those that rise just above the water’s surface. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. The program has the potential to be dermmatemys once it is determined whether the species can be reliably reproduced in good numbers in captivity. Review terms and conditions page for details.

Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Journal of Paleontology, 87 4: Anfibios y Reptiles; pp. Sheets of dead bone will be shed to reveal a pitted, but healed surface. Because of a highly adaptive breathing mechanism, it is only necessary for a Central American River Turtle to surface periodically for air.

It may NOT be used within Apps. Reproductive biology of a flood-season nesting freshwater turtle of the northern neotropics: Cheloniidae Carettinae Caretta Lepidochelys. Local population extinctions have been documented, and current harvesting rates have been determined to be unsustainable.

A field guide to the amphibians and reptiles of the Maya world. Description of a new genus of Emydidae. Because the meat of D. A study, managed by the Turtle Survival Alliance TSA and conducted on Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education BFREE property in Belize, began in early and is a low-maintenance operation focused on generating Dermatemys food plants, while exploring husbandry details, such as egg laying and incubation.


The courtship and mating habits of D. Normally, females could not reach these areas by foot but because they are flooded with the excess rainwater, they are easy to swim to. Big bend slider Trachemys gaigeae. The specific namemawiiis in honor of the collector of the type specimenLieutenant Mawe of the British Navy.

English translation by P. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together members of the scientific community, government officials, NGOs and civil society to share information regarding the critically endangered Dermatemys mawii. Dermatemys mawii GRAY The most aquatic of all turtles, D. Which species are on the road to recovery? Team WILD, an elite squadron of science superheroes, needs your help!

Central American River Turtle | Dermatemys mawii

Amphibians and reptiles of the rainforest of Southern El Peten, Guatemala. Much of its feeding and other activity goes on at night. The used water is then expelled back through its nostrils. In adults, the carapace lacks a well-defined vertebral ridge running down its center and is smooth and unnotched around the outer edge.

A conservation reassessment of the reptiles deematemys Mexico based on the EVS measure. Its closest relatives are only known from fossils with some 19 genera described from a worldwide distribution from the Jurassic dermatemyw Cretaceous.

Central American River Turtles eat aquatic plants that are of no use to humans and use them to produce turtle protein for human consumption.