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Central American River Turtle: Dermatemydidae - Central American River Turtles And People

Animal Life ResourceDinosaurs, Snakes, and Other ReptilesCentral American River Turtle: Dermatemydidae - Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Central American River Turtles And People - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, CONSERVATION STATUS

CENTRAL AMERICAN RIVER TURTLES AND PEOPLE

Many local people in southern Mexico, northern Guatemala, and Belize consider the meat of Central American river turtle a delicacy and also collect the eggs. Even though these turtles are protected in some areas, hunting continues and threatens the survival of the species.

The Central American river turtle usually remains in the water because it is a slow, awkward walker. (©Jean-Gerard Sidaner/Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

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