Tartaruga-do-Amazonas

Tartaruga-do-Amazonas also known as Araú or Jurará-açu, is the largest of the side-neck turtles (Pleurodira). It is found in the Amazon rainforest. Adults feed entirely on plant food. The nesting habits of this species is similar to those of their sea turtle – they gather in huge numbers in order to travel to suitable nesting areas. The females lay their eggs on come out on the sandbanks at night to lay their eggs which can number anywhere from 90 to 100 soft-shelled eggs.