Status of the Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles of Colombia


Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia,
Apartado 7495, Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia

        ABSTRACT:  This paper examines the 25 species of Colombian turtles (excluding marine species), their distribution, our knowledge of their natural history, their commercial exploitation, as well as some of their conservation-related problems.  Updated information is used to propose changes in the legal conservation status of several species.

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