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Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California, Including Its Pacific Islands and the Islands in the Sea of Cortes$
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L. Grismer

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520224179

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520224179.001.0001

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Turtles and Tortoises

Turtles and Tortoises

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Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California, Including Its Pacific Islands and the Islands in the Sea of Cortes

L. Lee Grismer

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the diversity of turtles and tortoises in Baja California and the Gulf of California. It examines their characteristics, distribution, and natural history. The Emylidae (pond turtles and sliders) are represented by two genera and two species: Clemmys marmorata (Western Pond Turtle), Trachemys nebulosa (Baja California Slider). The Testudinae (land tortoises) has only one living Baja California representative, Gopherus agassizii (Desert Tortoise). The Gulf of California and the west coast of Baja California peninsula are important nesting sites for the Cheloniidae family (sea turtles), represented by four genera and four species. The Dermochelyidae (leatherbacks) family has the largest and most distinctive of all living turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. This species is rare in the Gulf of California. The Trionychidae family (soft-shell turtles) is represented by Apalone spinifera, a freshwater turtle occurring in Río Colorado and associated drainages of northeastern Baja California.

Keywords:   turtles, tortoises, Emylidae, sliders, Testudinae, Cheloniidae, sea turtles, Dermochelyidae, leatherbacks, Trionychidae

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