Sunday, February 10, 2013

My Cousin: The Central American River Turtle

The Central American River Turtle survived the age of dinosaurs but is now at risk of being eaten to death by humans! Its prized meat is hunted from remote wetlands and served during religious celebrations. The turtle, one of nearly 350 species of freshwater turtles and tortoises found around the world, is apparently so “floppy” that it has a hard time leaving the water, preferring to nest under the surface during floods, according to Conservation International.