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Yellow Spotted Amazon River Turtle behavior

The Yellow-Spotted Amazon River Turtle is sometimes known as the Sideneck Turtle, Yellow-Spotted River Turtle, Amazon River Turtle, or Tracaja Turtle. They are found in the Amazon rainforest and are quite large. They are rarely kept in captivity because they are highly threatened in the wild.

The Yellow-Spotted Amazon River Turtle is generally found in the lagoons and backwaters of South America. During the mating season, they will move to rivers and streams. They are aquatic animals, meaning they very rarely venture onto land, and they usually feed on aquatic vegetation. The Yellow-Spotted Amazon River Turtle enjoys spending time basking in the sun. If their basking spot is threatened by other turtles, they will bite and nip, though usually the confrontation is not serious. Yellow-Spotted Turtles are highly vulnerable to predators because they are side-necked turtles. This means that, instead of pulling their head and neck into the shell as other turtles do, they tuck the head and neck sideways under the edge of their shell.

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