less than 1 minute read

Australo-American Side-Necked Turtles: Chelidae

Physical Characteristics, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Conservation Status, Matamata (chelus Fimbriatus): Species AccountGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, AUSTRALO-AMERICAN SIDE-NECKED TURTLES AND PEOPLE

MATAMATA (Chelus fimbriatus): SPECIES ACCOUNT

These turtles range across New Guinea, Australia, Indonesia, and South America.

The Australo-American side-necked turtle typically lives in freshwater lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams that are always filled with water, but they spend part of their time in wetlands or flooded forests that are wet for just a short period of time each year. Only one species, the New Guinea snake-necked turtle, can be found in estuaries (EHS-chew-air-eez), or that part of a river where it meets the sea, and other areas of partially salty water.

Some people hunt and kill these turtles for their meat, which they use as food. Although certain species are kept as pets, the pet trade does not harm their survival.

Additional topics

Animal Life ResourceDinosaurs, Snakes, and Other Reptiles