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Black River Turtle

(Rhinoclemmys funerea)

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The Black River Turtle is also called Black Wood Turtle. A large aquatic turtle with a brown or black high domed back; underneath black with yellow markings (seams); black head with yellow / orange stripes; jaw and chin yellow / orange with black spots; skin of neck and legs black with yellow / orange markings; webbed toes; to 32cm (12in). (Tortuga Negra del Río, Jicote).


Wet forests, mainly Caribbean slope; found in or around marshes, swamps, ponds, streams, and rivers.

Found in the following Parks:

Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
La Amistad National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Tortuguero National Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Black River Turtle (Rhinoclemmys funerea), Costa Rica