Central American snapping turtle

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Central American snapping turtle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Subclass: Anapsida
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Chelydridae
Genus: Chelydra
Species: C. rossignonii
Binomial name
Chelydra rossignonii[1][2]
(Bocourt, 1868)[1][2]
  • Emysaurus rossignonii
    Bocourt, 1868
  • Chelydra serpentina var. mexicana
    Cope, 1870 (nomen nudum)
  • Chelydra rossignonii
    — Cope, 1872
  • Chelydra rossignoni
    Günther, 1885 (ex errore)
  • Chelydra serpentina rossignoni
    Mertens, Müller & Rust, 1934
  • Chelydra serpentina rossignonii
    — Mertens & Wermuth, 1955

The Central American snapping turtle (Chelydra rossignonii )[1] is a species of turtle in the family Chelydridae.[1] This species was previously considered a subspecies of Chelydra serpentina.[2]


The specific name, rossignonii, is in honor of French-born coffee grower Jules Rossignon.[4]

Geographic range[edit]

C. rossignonii is found in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.[1]


There are no recognized subspecies of C. rossignonii.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Rhodin 2010, pp. 000.91-000.92
  2. ^ a b c d Fritz 2007, pp. 171
  3. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 171. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Chelydra rossignoni, p. 226).

Further reading[edit]

  • Bocourt, M.F. (1868). "Description de quelques chéloniens nouveaux appartenant a la faune Mexicaine ". Annales des Sciences Naturelles, Zoologie et Paléontologie, Paris, 5th Series 10: 121-122. (Emysaurus rossignonii, new species).