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Mexican Musk Turtle

The Mexican Musk Turtle is a species of amphibians that are typically larger by size than most of the other members of the Kinosternidae family, to which they belong. However, the males of the species are much smaller than their females.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Family Kinosternidae
    Genus Staurotypus
    Species S. triporcatus
    Scientific Name Staurotypustriporcatus


    Other Names Narrow-bridged musk turtle
    Length Up to 36 cm (14 in)
    Coloration The carapace is a combination of brown, black or green on the dorsal side, while the ventral side is yellow
    Distribution Parts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras
    Habitat Mostly in the slow moving freshwater rivers
    Diet Aquatic invertebrates, fish and carrion
    Breeding Season Late fall and winter
    Clutch Size 4-12 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened (IUCN 2.3)

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    Published on April 4th 2017 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 3rd April 2017.

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