Mata Mata Turtle


Common name : Smiling turtle

Scientific name : Chelus fimbriata

Family : Chelidae

Native to : South America

Interesting fact : They catch fish by opening their mouths wide and creating a suction.

Conservation status : Least Concern

The mata mata turtle has a very unique appearance suited to blend in with the leaf litter on the bottom of streams. The triangular head with a snout and long neck are flattened and covered in warts. The shell has high ridges. Found in slow-moving streams and marshes, these sluggish turtles feed on fish, frogs and other freshwater animals.

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