BEST BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOTS IN GUATEMALA

MOTAGUA VALLEY

 

HELODERMA PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE

This nature reserve protects one of the most important habitats in the eastern part of the country, the dry forest. In its extension of 128 hectares, more than 65 species of birds have been identified, an endemic species of salamander and 40 species of reptiles, among which the Heloderma stands out. This site is ideal to get to know the biodiversity of the dry forest and the importance of its conservation. The Heloderma of the Motagua Valley (Heloderma horridum charlesbogerti) is also known as "scorpion" or "sleeping child" and is a poisonous lizard that lives only in this region. It is a very difficult specie to spot and is in critical danger of extinction. It is believed that there are less than 300 specimens living in the wild, so the efforts of the Nature Reserve for Heloderma Conservation must be supported in any way possible. One of the best options to support them is visiting the reserve and of course making donations.


Some interesting species:

Manzanote (Pereskia autumnalis)

Yaje (Leucaena diversifolia)

Drumstick tree (Moringa oleífera)

Holywood Lignum-vitae (Guaiacum sanctum)

Wolly Torch (Pilosocereus leucocephalus)

Lengua de vaca (Nopolea guatemalensis)

Tilansia (Tillandsia xerographica)

Tiger Tarantula (Cyclosternum pentalore)

Motagua’s scorpion (Diplocentrus motagua)

Motagua’s frog (Craugastor inachus)

Taylor’s Worm Salamander (Oedipina taylori)

Central American Rattlesnake (Crotalus simus)

Guatemalan Beaded Lizard (Heloderma horridum charlesbogerti)

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