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Yellow-spotted Amazon River turtle

By MSA 2005 Map showing lakes, ponds, lagoons, swamps, rivers habitats in northern South America


Class Reptilia
Order: Chelonia
Family: Pelomedusidae
Genus and species: Podocnemis unifilis
Yellow-spotted Amazon river turtles can live up to 70 years. But they don’t often get the chance. People eat both their meat and eggs. As a result, populations of these vulnerable freshwater turtles continue to decline and disappear.

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