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Amazon Turtles


Amazon Turtles
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Copyright: Tish Valdes (bailatrek) (31)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-07-23
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-02 10:46
Viewed: 4569
Points: 1
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I think these turtles might be Twist-necked Turtles (Platemys platycephala) but I'm not sure. If anyone knows, pls let me know.

This was taken in the Bolivian Amazon "Pampas" using a
handheld automatic digital camera. I was on a canoe and we passed this fallen log with a row of turtles on it.

To me they look like they were playing the game 'Chinese Whispers' :)


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Those aren't Platemys, for sure. Platemys is more of a forest floor/puddle turtle than a river turtle and it has a very different shell shape. It also doesn't get that big.

They are probably one of the species of Amazonian River Turtles in the genus Podocnemis.

I like the symmetry of the composition. It is a pity the light was so harsh.

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