Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur

Sitio realizado por aficionados a la observación de aves desde 10 de enero 2006

Common snapping turtle - Chelydra serpentina

Tortuga mordedora/Common snapping turtle3-15 © Diego Carús Diego and Leonel discovered this turtle in the reserve .They suspected this could be a common snapping turtle. Unluckily their suspicions were right. This turtle is exotic. It is from the United States and is a real threat. It is very voracious and dangerous. One must be very careful when manipulating it since it moves its neck sideways very quickly and can cause serious bites. Claudio Bertonatti, former Operational Manager of the reserve and current consultant at the Felix de Azara Foundation , notified the authorities warning about the threat this turtle represents to the fauna. Walter Prado, of the herpetologists consulted to identify the turtle, wrote a complete article of this turtle (only in Spanish)