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Amazon River Turtle
Podocnemis unifilis

Reptiles Alive Name: “Podocnemis” amazon river turtle

Hissstory: Along with another Amazon river turtle, Podocnemis was imported from Bolivia to be kept as a pet. The person no longer wanted the turtles, so he brought them both here. We kept Podocnemis and placed the other turtle with another wildlife organization.

Touchable? YES

Zoo Diet: Podoc loves to devour greens, fruit, crickets, worms, & dry aquatic turtle food.

Natural Diet: River turtles mostly plants and fruits, but will also eat insects, amphibians, fish and mollusks.

Range: Northern South America including the Amazon rain forest.

Habitat: These turtles prefer ponds, lakes, and rivers.

Size: River turtles can grow to 15-27 inches and weigh 5-14 pounds. Females are larger than males.

Lifespan: Podocnemis may live over 50 years.

Reproduction: Female turtles lay about 24 eggs in the riverbank. These turtles often lay eggs together in a communal nest. Eggs hatch in two months. Hatchlings are the size of a quarter.

Conservation Issues: CITES Appendix I: Endangered. Turtles and eggs are hunted for human consumption. Today armed guards protect many nesting sites.

Cool Facts: Amazon river turtles belong to a group known as the side-necked turtles, the Pleurodira. When frightened, they draw their head into their shell sideways. Most turtle species, like the box turtle, belong to the Cryptodira - they go straight back into their shell.