Yucatán Box Turtle

Terrapene yucatana
(Boulenger 1895)
Yucatán, Mexico. June 24, 2017.

There are times prior to visiting a region when I think “I would have to be exceedingly lucky to see X” and so oftentimes my expectations are low.  Sometimes this approach leads to pleasant surprises.  This turtle was observed crossing a road south of Valladolid, in the state of Yucatán. The habitat on either side of the road (see bottom photo) was old cleared fields, bordered by the typical thornscrub forest found in the region, rough habitat for any turtle. This particular turtle proved to be a difficult photography subject, as it simply would not stop moving, but that’s not much to complain about.

My Flickr album for this species is here.

HerpMapper records for this species are here.

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