IMAGES: Mexico's Eco-Extravaganza

Science  04 Jul 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5629, pp. 23b
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5629.23b

Mexico boasts ecosystems that range from mountain pine forests and searing deserts to humid rainforests, and it nurtures prodigious biodiversity. The country ranks second in number of mammal species, fourth in vascular plants, and first in reptiles, with 717 types of scaly creatures, most of them found nowhere else. Meet some of Mexico's rich flora and fauna at this image-packed site, hosted by Viva Natura, a conservation organization based in Puerto Vallarta. Species profiles introduce the habits and habitats of more than 60 Mexican animals, from the black bear (Ursus americanus) to less prominent denizens such as these inquisitive sliders (Trachemys scripta, above). Photo and sound collections let you hear as well as see many of these creatures, while other galleries spirit you away to some of the country's imperiled habitats.

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