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Acanthochelys pallidipectoris (Chaco Side-necked Turtle)

Synonyms: Platemys pallidipectoris

Wikipedia Abstract

The Chaco side-necked turtle or Chaco sideneck turtle (Acanthochelys pallidipectoris) is a species of turtle in the Chelidae family.It is found in Argentina, Paraguay, and possibly Bolivia.Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. The turtle possesses long horny spurs on its upper thighs. It is 18 cm in shell length. Like other members of its genus, the turtle bruies itself in the mud when the streams run dry, a behaviour possibly parallel to the winter hibernating behaviours of turtles further north.
View Wikipedia Record: Acanthochelys pallidipectoris

Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Acanthochelys pallidipectoris


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Dry Chaco Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Humid Chaco Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum


Argentina (C Chaco), S Paraguay [HR 27: 210], Bolivia ? Terra typica: Pres. Roque Saenz Peña, Chaco, Argentina;

External References



Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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