Giant Amazonian turtle

• Nome científico: Podocnemis expansa
• Classe: Reptile
• Hábitos alimentares: Herbivore
• Status de conservação: Least concern

Informações gerais:

It is an animal mentioned in CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endagered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) as liable to enter some level of risk of extinction if its commercialization is not controlled.


25 years.


They are herbivorous animals that feed mainly on aquatic vegetation and on the leaves of trees that fall into rivers. At the São Paulo Aquarium they consume leaves, small insects and proteins (fish, beef, poultry meat, etc.).


107 centimeters.


90 kilos.

Distribuição geográfica:

Amazon Basin (Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela).


Although considered by the IUCN as less worrying, it depends on conservation programs to remain in this category out of risk.


They inhabit freshwater rivers that have sandy banks.


They hatch in groups in the dry season, and each turtle lays 75 to 125 eggs, with an average of 100 eggs. Like most turtles, their eggs are influenced by the temperature of the environment, with females being generated at higher temperatures.

Localização no Aquário de São Paulo:

Freshwater sector