Information about the Arrau River Turtle:
The Arrau River Turtle is one of the largest freshwater turtles on earth. It goes by several names, such as South American river turtle, Giant South American turtle, the Charapa turtle, Tartaruga-da-amazônia, or simply Araú This semi-aquatic reptile is the largest of the side-neck turtles (Pleurodira). The turtle is found in the Amazon River and its tributaries in Peru, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. Adults often reach three feet long (one meter in length.) The turtle is a herbivore, feeding on aquatic plants. Like their relatives the sea turtles, Arrau turtles gather in huge numbers in order to travel to suitable nesting areas. Because of these large nesting areas, and the fact that few of the young survive to adulthood makes the turtle very vulnerable to environmental changes such as pollution and deforestation.