Podocnemidid turtles belong to the suborder “side-necked turtles” that hide their heads sideways under their shells, whereas cryptodira retract their heads backwards. The yellow spots prominent in all juveniles fade with
age on the females, but not on the males.
Order: turtles; family: Podocnemidid turtles
Aquatic plants, aquatic invertebrates, amphibians and fish
Lakes, pools, swamps and lagoons along large rivers
6–72 eggs; young hatch after 60–80 days
Status according to Red List:Vulnerable (VU)