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Matamata Turtle: here’s the scoop

threats

Matamatas were previously captured for meat, but other turtles are now considered more desirable. Today they are threatened by the international pet trade, climate change and habitat degradation.

Species

Matamata Turtle

Scientific name

Chelus fimbriatus

Habitat

Bottom dwellers, inhabiting the shallow areas of muddy, slow-moving bodies of water such as rivers, swamps and marshes.

Diet

Carnivorous. Feeds on small fish and invertebrates

life expectancy

Up to 40 years

Did you know?

The matamata is one of the largest freshwater turtles. Their impressive shell can grow to nearly 1 ½ feet and they can weigh up to 38 pounds.

Range

Throughout the Amazon in northern South America, including Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia. They are also found on the island of Trinidad.

Conservation status

Not Evaluated