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SNAKE-NECKED TURTLE Hydromedusa tectifera
No prizes for guessing where this turtle earned his common name! This is an Atlantic Forest species, feeding by walking along the bed of forested streams where it eats snails, small fish and carrion. It is a large species, easily recognised on account of its distinctive carapace shape and head pattern.
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FIGURE 1 - (FPREP6PH) Dorsal with neck extended, PROCOSARA, PN San Rafael (Paul Smith June 2008).
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(FPREP7PH) Lateral view of same individual with neck retracted (Paul Smith June 2008).
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(FPREP8PH) Lateral view of same individual with neck extended (Paul Smith June 2008).
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(FPREP9PH) Frontal view of same individual (Paul Smith June 2008).
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(FPREP10PH) Underside of neck of same individual (Paul Smith June 2008).
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(FPREP11PH) Defensive posture of same individual (Sylvia Qu June 2008).
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(FPREP12PH) Dorsal carapace of same individual (Paul Smith June 2008).
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(FPREP13PH) Ventral carapace of same individual (Paul Smith June 2008).
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(FPREP14PH) Lateral carapace of same individual (Paul Smith June 2008).
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(FPREP15PH) Posterior carapace of same individual (Paul Smith June 2008).
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(FPREP16PH) Forefoot of same individual (Paul Smith June 2008).
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(FPREP17PH) Hindfoot of same individual (Sylvia Qu June 2008).
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(FPREP18PH) Juvenile with neck extended, PROCOSARA, PN San Rafael (Sylvia Qu July 2008).
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(FPREP19PH) Frontal of same individual (Sylvia Qu July 2008).
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