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Yellow-Spotted Amazon River Turtle Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Podocnemis unifilis
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    As their name implies, these turtles inhabit South America's Amazon River.

  • Status

    The yellow-spotted Amazon river turtle is listed as vulnerable.

  • Habitat

    They occupy tributaries and lakes connected to the Amazon River, though when the river floods, they will branch out to flooded forests.

  • Niche

    These turtles eat a range of foods, from fruit and plant materials to fish and small invertebrates.

  • Life History

    Females lay two clutches each year, each with as many as three dozen eggs, which are deposited in nests dug into sandy riverbanks. Hatchlings take to the river just like their parents. These turtles can live 70 years.


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