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]
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.
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Giant fossil matamata turtles (matamatas part V) Archived 2011-10-11 at the Wayback Machine, Tetrapod Zoology
- Matamata, Chelus fimbriatus, California Turtle & Tortoise Club
Other websites[change | change source]
- Mata mata on English Wikipedia
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