This is a medium-sized kinosternid turtle (most shell size eight in [20 cm]), with a clean carapace (typically with a weak medial keel), a big plastron with two hinges able to absolutely closing the carapacial opening, a raised eleventh marginal scute, the axillary and inguinal scutes on the bridge not involved, and often with a broad yellowish lateral head stripe extending from the orbit to the neck.
Ranges from central Veracruz, Mexico, southward in Atlantic drainages to Nicaragua, after which in each Atlantic and Pacific drainages southward to Colombia, Ecuador, and excessive northwestern Peru.
It inhabits practically any freshwater aquatic habitat besides fastflowing rivers and streams. It prefers nonetheless waters, but in addition wanders extensively on land in some populations.
This turtle could also be energetic year-round and is primarily nocturnal. If water ranges recede, it usually leaves the water and estivates terrestrially below vegetation for up to 80 days.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
This mud turtle is omnivorous, consuming mollusks, bugs, worms, and carrion, but in addition seeds, fruits, leaves, and stems of crops. It just isn't recognized whether or not they feed out of the water.
Courtship and mating haven't been described. Although nesting might happen in any month of the year, it seems to be concentrated in August to September and February to March in Mexico. Females produce a number of clutches through the year and lay their eggs (often at night time) in shallow nests or below leaf litter. The eggs are comparatively massive, elongate (1.3-1.5 0.6-0.7 in [34-37 16-19 mm]), and have brittle shells. The clutch dimension ranges from one to 5, with bigger clutches being produced by bigger females. The eggs hatch after 90 to 265 days, and embryos exhibit diapause early in improvement or estivation late in improvement.
Not threatened. Very little is understood concerning the standing of this turtle within the discipline. However, due to its in depth distribution across large tracts of undisturbed or minimally disturbed habitats, it isn't presently in want of safety.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
This turtle is often eaten by people and might typically be seen on the market in food markets inside its vary. Small numbers are additionally exported to the pet commerce.