Dermatemys – Central American river turtle

Sole familymembers is one of the most endangered freshwater turtles on earth

These large freshwater turtles are highly aquatic and feed only on plant matter. Their large size and tasty meat mean that they are extremely sought after and occasionally a profitable resource for local people. In many cases, these turtles have been overexploited across their range and completely lost from some watersheds.

As long as there is an abundant food supply, these turtles are not very particular about their environment. Individuals can inhabit just about any freshwater aquatic environment, from deep, clean water bodies to muddy backwaters, oxbows, and temporary, seasonal pools.