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A heavy turtle, the Fly River Turtle can reach nearly 50 pounds (23 kg) and be as long as 22 inches (56 centimeters). They are gray, with varying hues of brown, olive on top, and yellow, off white or white on the underside. They have light colored jaws and a similarly colored streak over the eye. The shell is covered with skin and has a median keel near the back. The plastron is somewhat small but still forms a plate. Being mostly aquatic, they have developed paddle-shaped limbs with two claws per limb. The top of the tail has a single line of scales. Males can be distinguished from females by their larger tails. Hatchling Fly River Turtles have strong, well-developed limbs, but their shells are not fully developed. Loose flaps of skin surround the shell. These flaps become firm after a week.

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