Better late than never: Mexico turtle declared new speciesSlow and steady wins the race, the saying goes -- and it seems to have worked for a small type of turtle native to western Mexico that has been declared a new species. For 20 years, residents of the area around Puerto Vallarta, a Pacific coast resort town, had been telling scientists about the little turtles native to their area. "They are found only here, in the streams and rivers around Puerto Vallarta," said Fabio German Cupul, a researcher at the University of Guadalajara.