Afro American river turtles

Class Reptilia Order Testudines Family Podocnemididae

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Large sideneck turtles with four claws on the hind feet, a complete series of seven neural bones posterior to which the pleurals meet at the midline, mesoplastral bones present, and the pelvis is fused to the plastron

Size

Up to 42.1 in (107 cm) carapace length

Number of genera, species

3 genera; 8 species

Habitat

Freshwater rivers, streams, flooded forests, lakes, and ponds

Conservation status

Endangered: 2 species; Vulnerable: 4 species; Lower Risk/Conservation Dependent: 1 species

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