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Brazilian Snake-Necked Turtle

The Brazilian Snake-Necked Turtle gets its self-explanatory name because of its head that resembles the head of a snake. This rare carnivorous species is now considered vulnerable and is found in parts of Brazil.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Sauropsia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Pleurodira
    Family Chelidae
    Subfamily Hydromedusinae
    Genus Hydromedusa
    Species H. maximiliani
    Scientific Name Hydromedusa maximiliani

    Other Names Cágado da serra (local name)
    Length 10–20 cm (3.9–7.9 in)
    Coloration Walnut colored carapace with polygonal patters
    Distribution Southeastern Brazil
    Habitat Mostly in the sandy and rocky bottoms of streams and clear water in the forests
    Diet Earthworms, termites, crickets, spiders, small frogs
    Breeding Season September to January
    Clutch Size 1 to 3 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg-laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on April 2nd 2017 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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