Mata mata

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This is a mata mata (Chelus fimbriatus)

The mata mata (Chelus fimbriata), also known as the matamata, is a type of freshwater turtle that lives in South America. It is one of two species in the genus Chelus, the other being Chelus orinocensis.

Description[change | change source]

The mata mata is a large turtle with a flat head that is shaped like a triangle. It has many tubercles. The shell looks like a piece of bark, and its head looks like a leaf.

As pets[change | change source]

Mata mata turtles can be kept as pets. Mata matas, however, are not active hunters and like the alligator snapping turtle, they need less space than a large, active species.

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References[change | change source]

  1. Giant fossil matamata turtles (matamatas part V) Archived 2011-10-11 at the Wayback Machine, Tetrapod Zoology
  2. Matamata, Chelus fimbriatus, California Turtle & Tortoise Club
Head of chelus fimbriata

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