The Caribbean coast of Quintana Roo, Mexico, has been intensively urbanized since the mid-1970s in association with aggressive resort development at Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Akumal, and Tulum. This area is also densely pitted with cenotes, small ponds (karst features) associated with the dissolution of the limestone bedrock. The cenotes of the Quintana Roo coast support the native Meso-American slider (Trachemys venusta) as well as non-native populations of the red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta). We have initiated distributional studies of Meso-American slider at three cenote complexes in central Quintana Roo.
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