Link to enlarge image K5741 © Justin Kerr Charles Zidar

Family:  Emydidae
Genus:  Chelonia
Species:  mydas
Authority:  Linnaeus, 1758
Common Name:  Green Sea Turtle
Maya Name:  Áak, Tsulin áak
Faunal Type:  Reptile/Amphibian
Depictions:  Shell
Significance:  Green sea turtle carapaces were made into drums by the Maya. Turtles were regularly roasted and eaten. Eggs provided calcium. Bones have been excavated at many Maya sites and were the most abundant bone discovered at Tikal (Pohl 1990). Shells were worn and used in ceremonies. The turtle was used as medicine and represented in creation myths and in the constellations.

Other Faunal Photos:   Additional views of the faunal species, click on a photo below to view larger image.
Artifact Photo(s) Courtesy of Justin Kerr (FAMSI); Animal Photo(s) Courtesy of Wikipedia GNU General Public License Version 1.2, November 2002; Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0/2.5 License(s).

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