The Yellow-spotted river turtle or Yellow-spotted Amazon river turtle is one of the largest species of South American river turtles.
This turtle can grow up to 18 inches and weigh up to 18 pounds. Females can be up to twice the size of males. They can live more than 30 years in captivity.
Their shell is black or brown with yellow spots on the side of its head. This turtle inhabits rivers, flooded forests or floodplain lakes. Its diet is based mainly on fruits, weeds, fish, and small invertebrates.
The females lay two clutches of eggs each year, each with 4 to 35 eggs in it. Eggs are laid during the peak of the dry season so that they are not washed away with the floods of the rainy season.
The yellow spotted Amazon turtle is a type of side-necked turtle, so called because they do not pull their heads directly into their shell, but rather bend the neck sideways to tuck the head under the rim of the shell.