Amazon Giant River Turtle Podocnemis expansa

Amazon Giant River Turtle
Arrau Side-necked River Turtle
The Amazon Giant River Turtle, also called the Arrau (Side-necked Turtle) is native to deep rivers and freshwater lakes of the Amazon and Orinoco Basins. It is one of the world's largest freshwater terrapins/turtles and South America's largest with females reaching up to a metre in length. It is also the largest of the side-necked terrapins.
Amazon Giant River Turtle
Arrau Side-necked River Turtle
Amazon Arrau River Turtle
It has a double tubular nose. It is mainly aquatic outside the pre-breeding and egg-laying season, but does also bask and travel on land. Eggs are laid in sandy banks and gender of offspring is determined by temperature. Hatchlings are mainly carnivorous but adults are mainly herbivorous.
Amazon Giant River Turtle
Arrau Side-necked River Turtle
Amazon Arrau River Turtles with Ocellated River Ray
Their survival is threatened by habitat loss, dams, pollution, hunting and egg collection.