Spot-bellied Side-necked Turtle

[Phrynops hilarii]

The Spot-Bellied Side-Necked Turtle is the largest member of the Phrynops genus, growing up to 18 inches in length. The carapace is olive-brown with yellow margins, and is parallel sided with a flattened top. The plastron is yellow with symetrically-placed round black spots. The distinctive feature is a narrow black line running along each side of the neck through the eyes and snout. Above this line the color is gray, and below it is white. Also, two barbels ringed at the base project downward from the underside of the head.

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Range

The range of the Spot-Bellied Side-Necked Turtle is Southern Brazil, Uruguay, Northern Argentina, and Paraguay.


Habitat

The Spot-Bellied Side-Necked Turtle inhabits freshwater streams, rivers and lakes of the Rio Parana and adjacent basins


Gestation

Unknown


Litter

10 to 20 eggs


Behavior

Reproduction

Wild Diet

Small fishes and insects


Zoo Diet

Fish



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