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Chelydra serpentina acutirostris - Equadorian snapping turtle 


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The Equadorian snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina acutirostris, lives from northern Honduras, eastern Nicaragua, Costa Rica to Panama, then Pacific Colombia and Equador, and south to the Gulf of Guayaquil.
(see the geographical range map)
 
(the images are Copyrighted and courtesy of Ferry Grnewald and www.chaozhoug.tw)
 
 Chelydra serpentina acutirostris - Equadorian snapping turtle Male Equadorian snapper
 Chelydra serpentina acutirostris - Equadorian snapping turtle Head side view
 Chelydra serpentina acutirostris - Equadorian snapping turtle The tubercles on the neck and other parts of the body are quite flat, similar to the Ch. serpentina serpentina (the common snapper).
 
This female and another male Mexican snapper, were adopted by me last year. Both turtles are doing great. The female seems to be more 'outgoing' and always hungry. The male, on the other hand, is quieter, but just as unhappy when picked up! These two are the most aggressive snappers I have ever owned.

 Chelydra serpentina acutirostris - Equadorian snapping turtle Another view
 Chelydra serpentina acutirostris - Equadorian snapping turtle The carapace of the Equadorian snapper - from my observation it seems to be somewhat of a lighter color than the other snappers, especially the Mexican snapping turtle.
 Chelydra serpentina acutirostris - Equadorian snapping turtle Side view. This individual's shell is quite flat, which is not necesserily a trait typical only to this subspecies.
 Chelydra serpentina acutirostris - Equadorian snapping turtle Plastron
 Chelydra serpentina acutirostris - Equadorian snapping turtle
 
This picture was taken in "el parque de las Iguanas", the Iguana Park in the centre of Guayaquil, Ecuador. The park is known for its hundreds of Green Iguanas (Iguana iguana) walking freely through the park. The park, about 200x200 meters, also contains 2 little ponds of about 20x6 meters. One pond contains about 100 specimens of Kinosternon leucostomum postinguinale, 20+ specimens of Rhinoclemmys melanosterna, about 10 Trachemys callirostris callirostris and an adult Podocnemis unifilis. The second pond contains a large number of native fish, and two adult Chelydra acutirostris.
 
Adult Equadorian snapper in the wild.
More reading & related links:
 
        Basic snapping turtle info in one file - Introduction to snapping turtles.pdf (116 Kb)  

       Back to the four subspecies

       Chelydra serpentina serpentina
       Chelydra serpentina osceola
       Chelydra serpentina rossignoni
       Chelydra serpentina acutirostris

 


          
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