IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)

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The large-nosed wood turtle, Rhinoclemmys nasuta (Family Geoemydidae), is a small to medium-sized aquatic turtle (carapace length to 228 mm) found in a variety of northwestern South American water bodies, including small streams and rivers. It has a restricted distribution in the Chocoan rain forest of Pacific coastal Colombia and Ecuador. The species is known to have a primarily herbivorous diet, but small invertebrates are also eaten. Females lay one large egg per clutch. Adults exhibit female-biased sexual size dimorphism, and growth to maturity is protracted, with estimates varying from 12 to 14 years for males and females, respectively. Although its conservation status has not been studied thoroughly, the species is eaten on a subsistence basis, but it is not thought to be threatened by commercialization. Deforestation within the species range has not been studied with respect to its effect on this highly aquatic species. This species occurs in one protected area in Ecuador and may occur in others in Colombia.


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Source: IUCN SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group

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