typhlonectes:

The Oaxaca Mud Turtle (Kinosternon oaxacae)

… is a species of mud turtle (family Kinosternidae), endemic to Mexico. Both the common name and the scientific name derive from Oaxaca, a Mexican state. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated this species as “data deficient” as there is insufficient information available to judge its conservation status.

The male Oaxaca mud turtle can grow to a carapace length of about 160 mm (6 in) with females a little smaller.

The diet probably consists mostly of plant material, but small animals such as tadpoles, shrimps, beetles and fish are also eaten. These turtles are most active in the rainy season which lasts from June to October…

(read more: Wikipedia)

photograph by
Vicente Mata-Silva


Hey! you look like our handsomest friend @JeffMusk 

kevsteelephoto:

Rescuing the sea #turtle eggs that are being exposed from the #storm surge of Hurricane Patricia @playaviva, burying them again in the sand further in from the waves. #playaviva takes their ecological responsibility seriously. #photoshoot #mexico #officedaytoday (at Playa Viva)

incredible work!

turtleconservancy:

We are proud to announce the hatching of our third Mexican Spotted Turtle (Rhinoclemmys rubida rubida) at our conservation center. The conservation status of this species from Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico, was last evaluated by the IUCN in 2007. They concluded that the available information was insufficient to determine its risk of extinction. The Turtle Conservancy believes this species is in danger because of local human impacts in the region. #TurtleConservancy #Mexico #conservation #turtle #tortoise #hatchling #cute #babyanimals #rare #wildlife #nofilter

astronomy-to-zoology:

Bolson Tortoise (Gopherus flavomarginatus)

Also known as the Mexican giant tortoise or the Yellow-margined tortoise, the Bolson tortoise is a large species of gopher tortoise that is native to a region of the Chihuahuan Desert in north-central Mexico. Like other tortoises Bolson tortoises are herbivores and will feed on a variety of grasses, shrubs and herbs. They will dig small burrows and use them as refuge from predators and weather. These burrows are usually constructed in social aggregations and clusters can reveal the social structures of individuals.

Bolson tortoises are currently listed as vulnerable and their populations are in decline. This is due in part to over-collection for food and the pet trade and habitat destruction. 

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Testudines-Cryptodira-Testudinoidea-Testudinidae-Gopherus-G.flavomarginatus

Images :Mbtrap and Sandy Arbogast

astronomy-to-zoology:

Bolson Tortoise (Gopherus flavomarginatus)

Also known as the Mexican giant tortoise or the Yellow-margined tortoise, the Bolson tortoise is a large species of gopher tortoise that is native to a region of the Chihuahuan Desert in north-central Mexico. Like other tortoises Bolson tortoises are herbivores and will feed on a variety of grasses, shrubs and herbs. They will dig small burrows and use them as refuge from predators and weather. These burrows are usually constructed in social aggregations and clusters can reveal the social structures of individuals.

Bolson tortoises are currently listed as vulnerable and their populations are in decline. This is due in part to over-collection for food and the pet trade and habitat destruction. 

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Testudines-Cryptodira-Testudinoidea-Testudinidae-Gopherus-G.flavomarginatus

Images :Mbtrap and Sandy Arbogast

astronomy-to-zoology:

Bolson Tortoise (Gopherus flavomarginatus)

Also known as the Mexican giant tortoise or the Yellow-margined tortoise, the Bolson tortoise is a large species of gopher tortoise that is native to a region of the Chihuahuan Desert in north-central Mexico. Like other tortoises Bolson tortoises are herbivores and will feed on a variety of grasses, shrubs and herbs. They will dig small burrows and use them as refuge from predators and weather. These burrows are usually constructed in social aggregations and clusters can reveal the social structures of individuals.

Bolson tortoises are currently listed as vulnerable and their populations are in decline. This is due in part to over-collection for food and the pet trade and habitat destruction. 

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Testudines-Cryptodira-Testudinoidea-Testudinidae-Gopherus-G.flavomarginatus

Images :Mbtrap and Sandy Arbogast