What they look like: The Giant Amazon river turtle is the largest turtle in South America. They have wide, flat, olive coloured shells and grey bodies. They have prominent snouts that create a streamlined and somewhat pointed face.
- One of the largest freshwater turtles, it nests on exposed sand banks.
- The babies are carnivorous whereas adults are herbivorous.
- The sex of the babies is determined by the nest temperature.
- The eggs are an important source of protein for native Indians.
What they eat: Roots, fruits, flowers and aquatic plants.
Habitat: Large rivers, lagoons, ponds and flooded forests.
Where they live : Amazon basin and South America.
Threats: Deforestation, overfishing and predators such as jaguars and crocodiles.