Amazon giant river turtle

Scientific name 
Podocnemis expansa
Amazon river turtle

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.

Animal facts: 

  • 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 local people. 

What they eat: Roots, fruits, flowers and aquatic plants.

Habitat: Large rivers, lagoons, ponds and flooded forests.

Where they live : Amazon basin of South America.

Threats: Deforestation, hunting and predators such as jaguars and crocodiles.

Conservation Status
Conservation Dependent