Mexican giant musk turtle (Staurotypus Triporcatus)

The Mexican giant musk turtle is also found in Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. They are the largest of the musk turtles found in the world. They get their name from the musky smell it releases from the back of its shell.
They grow up till about 15 inches and are known to eat uncontrollably, anything from fish to frogs to snails. Like most other turtles they have blood vessels and nerves on their shell and can feel when they are being touched. Unlike most turtles they cannot retract or pull their head into their shells. During the breeding season the males communicate with the females through love bites. They tend to breed during winter and the female sometimes lays 2 clutches per season of about 12 eggs. They are listed as near threatened on the IUCN red list.

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