Ranges through central Mexico into a small area of the Texas panhandle.
Highly aquatic species that lives in and around permanent sources of fresh water in Mexico, but in Texas it is only found in spring-fed cattle tanks. Often found near mesquite grasslands.
An oval-shaped turtle with a bland olive brown carapace and yellow-tan plastron with dark seams. The carapace has smooth, non-serrated edges, a defined medial keel, and 2 less-defined lateral keels. The plastron has eleven scutes and is double-hinged. Skin is yellowish green with a dense intricate mottled pattern. It can grow to 7.5 inches in carapace length.
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