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Giant Musk Turtle

The Giant musk turtle is a near-threatened species of reptiles that are spread throughout Central America. Unlike its name, this is a turtle with a very small size, falling under the kinosternid group. 

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Kinosternidae
    Subfamily Staurotypinae
    Genus Staurotypus
    Species S. salvinii
    Scientific Name Staurotypus salvinii

    Length Up to 36 cm (14 inches)
    Coloration Typically brown, black, or green having a yellow underside
    Distribution Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico
    Habitat Slow moving bodies of fresh water
    Diet Carnivorous, including fish, snails, frogs, worms and sometimes smaller turtles
    Breeding Season Late fall and winter
    Clutch Size 12 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened

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    Published on September 2nd 2017 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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