Yellow-Spotted Amazon River Turtle (Podocnemis Unifilis)

Conservation status

IUCN: Red List: Vulnerable

Key Descriptions

A South American species characterized by the radiant yellow spots it adorns on its head, the Yellow Spotted Amazon turtle is one of the largest South American river turtles. The yellow spots are most prominent in juvenile specimens, with females eventually losing the distinct markings as they age. Males on the other hand retain these spots long into adult -hood.
Native to the Amazon River basin of South America, Yellow spotted River turtles are predominantly found throughout tributaries & lakes with slow moving current. Their range spreads from the Amazon & Orinoco river systems in Venezuela, eastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, north-eastern

Habitat

Native to the Amazon River basin of South America, Yellow spotted River turtles are predominantly found throughout tributaries & lakes with slow moving current. Their range spreads from the Amazon & Orinoco river systems in Venezuela, eastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, north-eastern Peru, Brazil & northern Bolivia.

Social Life

They prefer to be alone. Males will chase females extensively during the breeding season, nibbling at their feet & tail in an attempt to court them. A diurnal species, these reptiles typically bask in the early mornings & forage for food in the early part of the afternoons. When basking, they are typically observed along the calm waters of lakes and streams where the current is not too strong.

Fun Facts

Diet

Plants, Fish & other small aquatic animals

Key Information

Origin:S.America
Size:Up to 70cm
Weight:Up to 8kg
Lifespan:Up to 70years

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