IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)

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The Tabasco Mud Turtle, Kinosternon acutum (Family Kinosternidae) is a small turtle (carapace length in females to 120 mm and in males to 105 mm) that ranges from central Veracruz across the Tabasco lowlands of Mexico to northern Guatemala and Belize. It has previously been recognized as a highly derived member of the K. scorpioides species complex, but may actually be a member of the K. leucostomum complex. It lives in small streams, marshes, and ponds in forests and savannas, is carnivorous, and lays multiple clutches of 1 to 3 eggs each. Its former rarity in collections may be due to its secretive, nocturnal habits. Although it has a relatively restricted range, it is common at some sites. It is eaten locally, but inhabits some of the least disturbed regions of southeastern Mexico and northern Central America.


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