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Yellow Spotted Amazon River Turtle basic information

An immensely large turtle, the Yellow-Spotted Amazon River Turtle averages between 14 and 27 inches in carapace length. The olive green, brown, or gray carapace is a very high carapace with a raised ridge, known as a keel, in the middle. The plastron, or underside of the shell, is usually yellow and may have dark blotches. The Amazon River Turtle's head is quite long with an obvious snout. The head is marked with yellow spots on the gray, olive, or brown skin. Most Yellow-Spotted Amazon River Turtles have a barb on the chin and some specimens have two such barbs. Female Amazon River Turtles are much larger than males. The shell of both males and females has a groove next to the front leg, between the two halves of the shell, into which the turtle places its head when threatened.

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