Mexican box turtle

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Mexican box turtle
Emydidae - Terrapene mexicana (Mexican Box Turtle) (1).jpg
Terrapene mexicana at Zoo Atlanta
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Emydidae
Genus: Terrapene
Species:
T. mexicana
Binomial name
Terrapene mexicana
(Gray, 1849)[1]
Synonyms[2][3]
List
  • Cistudo (Onychotria) mexicana Gray, 1849
  • Onychotria mexicana LeConte, 1854
  • Cistudo carolina var. mexicana Boulenger, 1889
  • Onichotria mexicana Herrera, 1890
  • Chelopus mexicanus Velasco, 1892
  • Terrapene mexicana Baur, 1893
  • Terrapene goldmani Stejneger, 1933
  • Terrapene mexicana mexicana H. M. Smith & Taylor, 1950
  • Terrapene carolina mexicana Milstead, 1967
  • Terapene mexicana mexicana Nietzke, 1973

The Mexican box turtle (Terrapene mexicana) is a species of box turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. It is sometimes treated as a subspecies of Terrapene carolina (Terrapene carolina mexicana).[2]

Geographic range[edit]

This species is endemic to Mexico. It is found in the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz and San Luis Potosí.[1][4]

Habitat[edit]

It lives in areas with tropical climates within humid forests at shallow rainwater puddles.[5]

Description[edit]

Terrapene mexicana can reach a length of about 18–20 cm (7.1–7.9 in).[5] The carapace is long and dome-shaped, with rather variable color and markings. The adult males show gray-blue nuances on the head and red or orange nuances on the front legs.[5]

Biology[edit]

The Mexican box turtle does not have much information on them because very few of them are domesticated (kept as pets). However, we do know that they have a lifespan of 100 years. Usually these turtles have water nearby homes and a bush to hide. Having a home by the water will attract insects, which are a big part of their diet.

Gallery[edit]

Bibliography
  • Rhodin, Anders G.J.; van Dijk, Peter Paul; Inverson, John B.; Shaffer, H. Bradley; Roger, Bour (2011-12-31). "Turtles of the world, 2011 update: Annotated checklist of taxonomy, synonymy, distribution and conservation status". Chelonian Research Monographs. 5.
  • Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology. 57
  • Dodd, C. Kenneth. North American Box Turtles a Natural History. University of Oklahoma Press, 2002.
  • Milstead, William W., and Donald W. Tinkle. "Terrapene of Western Mexico, with Comments on the Species Groups in the Genus". Copeia, vol. 1967, no. 1, 1967, p. 180., doi:10.2307/1442193
  • Stone, Lynn M. Nature Watch: Box Turtles. Lynn M. Stone, 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rhodin, Anders G.J.; van Dijk, Peter Paul; Inverson, John B.; Shaffer, H. Bradley; Roger, Bour (2011-12-31). Turtles of the world, 2011 update: Annotated checklist of taxonomy, synonymy, distribution and conservation status Chelonian Research Monographs. N. 5
  2. ^ a b Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World"
  3. ^ The Reptile Database
  4. ^ iNaturalist
  5. ^ a b c Herpetomania(in Italian)

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