South American snapping turtle

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South American snapping turtle
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A South American snapping turtle in Cali Zoo.
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Clade: Americhelydia
Family: Chelydridae
Genus: Chelydra
Species: C. acutirostris
Binomial name
Chelydra acutirostris
W. Peters, 1862[1][2]
  • Chelydra serpentina var. acutirostris W. Peters, 1862
  • Chelydra acutirostris
    — Babcock, 1932
  • Chelydra angustirostris
    Dunn, 1945 (ex errore)

The South American snapping turtle (Chelydra acutirostris)[1] is a species of turtle in the family Chelydridae.[1] This species, which is endemic to Central and South America, was previously considered a subspecies of Chelydra serpentina.[1]

Geographic range[edit]

Chelydra acutirostris is found in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.[1]


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


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Rhodin 2010, p. 000.91
  2. ^ a b c Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 171. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Peters W (1862). "Über einen neuen Phyllodactylus aus Guayaquil ". Monatsberichte der Königlichen Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1862: 626-627. ("Chelydra serpentina var. acutirostris ", new variety, p. 627). (in German and Latin).