Yellow-spotted Amazon river turtle in exhibit

Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle

Scientific Name

Podocnemis unifilis

Class

Reptilia

Order

Testudines

Range

Amazon River

Habitat

Rivers, lakes, and flooded forests

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Yellow-spotted Amazon river turtle in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable

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Physical Description

Yellow-spotted Amazon River turtles are some of the largest turtles in South America, with females reaching up to twice the size of males. They have a dark upper shell and yellow spots across their head. Both sexes eat a variety of food, ranging from fruit and plant material to fish and small invertebrates. Females lay two clutches each year, with as many as three dozen eggs per clutch. After hatching from nests dug into sandy riverbanks, newborns take to the river.

Interesting Fact 1

Yellow-spotted Amazon River turtles can live up to 70 years.

Interesting Fact 2

These turtles occupy tributaries and lakes along the Amazon River but travel inland during annual floods.

Interesting Fact 3

Males court females by nipping at their feet and tail.

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