Vallarta Mud Turtle in Critical Danger of Extinction.

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Let's help preserve a unique species globally, found only in Puerto Vallarta.

The Small Vallarta Mud Turtle, scientifically known as Kinosternon Vogti, is a fascinating species belonging to the family Kinosternidae. This turtle is commonly recognized by the yellow spot on its nose, a distinctive feature that sets it apart from other mud turtle species. Its shell is generally dark brown or black, and its plastron (the bottom part of the shell) is usually lighter, varying from yellow to light brown. This turtle is native to Puerto Vallarta and can be found in a variety of aquatic habitats, from ponds and lakes to rivers and swamps. It prefers calm waters with abundant vegetation, providing shelter and a constant food source. Small Mud Turtles are primarily aquatic, although they occasionally venture onto land in search of food or to lay eggs.

The diet of the Small Mud Turtle is quite varied and largely depends on its environment. They are omnivorous, feeding on a mix of aquatic plants, small invertebrates, insects, and fish. Their varied diet and ability to adapt to different food sources contribute to their success in various habitats. The reproduction of the Small Mud Turtle is seasonal, with most mating occurring in spring and summer. Females lay between 1 and 4 eggs in nests dug on land, usually near water. The eggs hatch after an incubation period of 60 to 100 days, depending on the ambient temperature. The hatchlings are independent from birth and must fend for themselves.

These turtles have a relatively long lifespan, living up to 30 or 40 years under favorable conditions. They are robust and resilient animals, though they face threats such as habitat loss, water pollution, and capture for the pet trade. Conserving their natural habitats is crucial to ensuring their long-term survival. The Small Mud Turtle plays an important role in aquatic ecosystems, helping to maintain the balance of invertebrate populations and contributing to the overall health of their environment. Their presence indicates a healthy and well-balanced aquatic ecosystem, as they are sensitive to changes in water quality and food availability.

In terms of behavior, these turtles are known to be quite shy and reclusive. They spend much of their time hidden among aquatic vegetation or buried in the mud to avoid predators. This behavior has earned them the name "mud turtles," as they use the mud as shelter and protection. The Small Mud Turtle is a fascinating and vital species for North American aquatic ecosystems. Its distinctive yellow nose spot, adaptability, and ecological role make it a subject of interest for scientists and nature enthusiasts alike. Conserving its habitat is essential to ensuring these turtles continue to thrive in the future.

The Vallarta Mud Turtles are:

*The smallest species in the world.

*The only species with a yellow spot on the nose.

*Fewer than 1,000 individuals remain in the wild.

*The most threatened in the Americas.

How do we save them?

*Awareness of their life and existence.

*Requesting protective policies for this species.

*Participating in rescue programs.

*Being very careful in wildlife crossings.

*Always caring for green areas.

*Join us as a donor!

Come to the Isela Mariscal Gallery to enjoy an exhibition dedicated to the Vallarta Mud Turtle! The exhibition will be open until Saturday, June 29, 2024. The sale of the artworks will help raise funds for the "Students Conserving Nature" Association, which works to protect the turtles of Mexico and provides opportunities for disadvantaged students.

The gallery is located at Calle 5 de Febrero 260 in the Romantic Zone of the Emiliano Zapata neighborhood in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. For more information, call 322-779-8997.