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White-lipped Mud Turtle

(Kinosternon leucostomum)

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A mid-sizeddark brown or black turtle; head brown with whitishj aws, sometimes with dark markings; a yellowish stripe on each side of the head from eye to neck; underneath yellow with darker markings (seams); to 18cm (7 in). (Tortuga Caja)


Low and some middle elevation freshwater habitats. Pacific and Caribbean slopes; prefers quiet water with abundant vegetation in marshes, swamps, streams, rivers, ponds; also terrestrial.

Found in the following Parks:

Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Tortuguero National Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

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.

White-lipped Mud Turtle (Kinosternon leucostomum), Costa Rica