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Yellow Spotted Amazon River Turtle history

While once quite common, the Yellow-Spotted Amazon River Turtle is rapidly decreasing in numbers in the wild. They are found in swamps and tributaries along the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers in South America, including Venezuela, northern Brazil, and Surinam. Although the huge sizes of their native habitats are capable of supporting large numbers of turtles, they are regularly hunted not only for food, but also for their shells, their eggs, and oil. They are also dying out because the water levels of their homes are rising because of river navigation and hydroelectric dams. The Yellow Spotted Amazon River Turtle is sometimes called the Taricaya. This name is related to the kechwa verb "tariy", meaning "to find". Perhaps this name was chosen because these turtles were very abundandt in the past.

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