Scientific Name: Chelus fimbriata

Found In: South America/Tropical river systems, particularly ox-bow lakes, ponds, and creeks that are slow-moving with soft, muddy bottoms

Size: The carapace (top shell) of adults averages at 1.5 feet in length and 33 pounds

Diet: Carnivore. Diet consists of fish and aquatic invertebrates

Threat Level: Least Concern. The exotic pet trade is the major threat to this species

Facts: The skin flaps and other protusions on the head of this species aid in detecting vibrations in the water to catch prey and avoid predators.