Biodiversity catalog

Central American River Turtle
Dermatemys mawii
tortuga blanca
Central American River Turtle (Dermatemys Mawii)

Species IUCN Status

Critically Endangered

Projects (Locations)


The Central American river turtle inhabits large lagoons, deep rivers, and oxbow lakes in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Southern Mexico. A large, aquatic species that feeds on a variety of marine vegetation as well as fallen leaves and fruits,this turtle is listed as critically endangered by the IUCN Red List largely due to hunting, pollution, and loss of habitat. The Central American river turtle is considered a delicacy and turtles are captured in nets or harpooned and then illegally sold for human consumption.