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Snapping Turtle

(Chelydra serpentina)

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A large, mean aquatic turtle; brown, tan, olive, or black back often caked with mud or aquatic vegetation; usually 3 ridges of sharp bumps along back; underneath yellow to tan; very large head with scales on its side and back; tail as long as shell; to45cm (18in), although most are smaller. (Tortuga Lagarto).


Fresh and brackish water at low and middle elevations; found in marshes, ponds, lakes, streams, rivers with abundant aquatic vegetation.

Found in the following Parks:

Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Palo Verde National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina), Costa Rica