They are some of the largest turtles in South America, with females reaching up to twice the size of males. They are often seen taking sunbaths and can be seen near oxbow lakes and ponds. They can live up to 30 years and are diurnal by nature. They are omnivores and feed on fruits and small fish based on their food habits.
A side-necked turtle is the Yellow-spotted River Turtle. This indicates that it does not immediately withdraw its head and neck back into its shell. Instead, it tucks its head by horizontally bending its neck. The IUCN Red List classifies these turtles as Vulnerable.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No