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Mata Mata walking

"Chelus fimbriatus"; used with permission under CC BY 2.0

The Chelidae are turtles often called Austro-South American Side-Necks! They are called this in part because of where they are usually found in the world, as well as the way they withdraw into their shells - they pull their necks sideways into their shells!

My favourites within this family are: