The turtle of the Amazon River (Podocnemis unifilis) has remarkable dimensions: it can reach up to 65/68 cm and, seen the size, needs ample spaces and big aquariums. Its habitats are normally lakes, ponds, small basins and bends along the banks of the rivers, where it prefers to basking on branches and trunks, but is always ready to dive at the first noise or danger.
CITES: Appendix II, Annex B
The Podocnemis Unifilis is found in the northern part of South America.
When young, it is mainly omnivorous, but as it grows it prefers vegetal foods, until it becomes vegatarian.