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The Tabasco mud turtle Kinosternon acutum , commonly known as pochitoque in Tabasco, Mexico, is a small turtle which belongs to the family Kinosternidae. It can be found in central Veracruz , Tabasco, northern Guatemala and Belize. This turtle lives in small streams , marshes and ponds. Its feeding habits are mainly carnivorous and it is a nocturnal animal. Although this turtle doesn't have a wide range it can be common at some sites. In this south Mexican state this turtle has a significant importance.
Since ancient time Chontales have used it as an ingredient in their traditional kitchen so next to other turtle species jicotea and mojina , pochitoque has a huge demand among people of these Chontal communities as well as in restaurants of typical food. Pochitoque is roasted and then is eaten as a green soup with rice, this is called "pochitoque en verde". The Pochitoque is a main character in some Chontal legends.
Among Chontal people, it is said that if a crocodile eats a pochitoque, this turtle eats the crocodile from the inside and survives by killing the crocodile. Due to its protagonism in these stories, some poets and singers from Tabasco use Pochitoque as an inspiration for their poems and songs and there is a dance of Pochitoque as well. This turtle is vulnerable because it is eaten by locals and because of its limited range. Pochitoque even has been identified in international traffic.
In , a Russian citizen was surprised with pochitoques in his case. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Tabasco mud turtle In Belize Conservation status. Gray , Vertebrate Zoology. Archived from the original PDF on Retrieved 29 May Chelonian Research Foundation. Retrieved December 5, Retrieved December 7, Union Yucatan. Sin Embargo. Kinosternidae family.
Species of the Kinosternidae family. Narrow-bridged musk turtle. Common musk turtle Flattened musk turtle Loggerhead musk turtle Razor-backed musk turtle.
Giant musk turtle Mexican musk turtle. Phylogenetic arrangement of turtles based on turtles of the world update: Annotated checklist and atlas of taxonomy, synonymy, distribution, and conservation status. Pelomedusa Pelusios. See also List of Testudines families. Hidden categories: Articles with 'species' microformats Taxonomy articles created by Polbot. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Contribute Help Community portal Recent changes Upload file.
Tabasco mud turtle
Go to: main text of page main navigation local menu. Reproduction oviparous. Habitat: freshwater swamps, quiet rivers Distribution: not in Yucatan state Mexico , fide Gonzalez-Sanchez et al. References Bocourt, F. Sumichrast au museum. Journal de Zoologie. Turtles of the World.
Kinosternon acutum (Gray 1831) – Tabasco Mud Turtle, Montera, Chechagua de Monte