JALISCO .- “Casquito de Vallarta” is very vulnerable to disappear due to the urban growth of Puerto Vallarta, since its distribution is reduced.
The body, which barely goes beyond the palm of a hand, abandons its inert state. It recognizes its habitat in a stream in Puerto Vallarta, where it begins to walk among the leaf litter, the shade of the trees and the intense sunlight of May.
It is a Quelonian male whose proposed common name is “casquito de Vallarta”. In the company of a female, their steps, faster in comparison with those of other turtles, try to escape or hide under the dry land. That is why it is known as “mud turtle”. Its habitat is streams and ephemeral puddles.
Researchers and students from the University of Guadalajara (UdeG), the Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco (UJAT), the UNAM, the University of Guanajuato and the Higher Technological Institute of Zongolica, in Veracruz, discovered this species of turtle of the genus Kinosternon, from There are 12 species and only two inhabit the lowlands of the Central Pacific region of Mexico.
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