Coahuilan box turtle

North America


Terrapene coahuila


  • Habitat destruction
  • Man-made activities

The Coahuilan Box Turtle or Aquatic Box Turtle is an endemic Mexican turtle species from the Emydidae family. It can only be found in the desert springs of Cuatro Ciénegas, spending almost 90 per cent of its time in water and therefore leading to an algae-covered shell.

Groundwater pumping, canal developments, and agricultural-related activities within its natural range cause already-shallow water levels to sink and turn large areas completely dry. Cattle ranching can also mean serious competition in terms of grass, the Coahuilan Box Turtle’s main food source. And because there’s increased human presence, this turtle species is more vulnerable to poaching and accidental killing which makes population growth seriously impeded.