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Turtles (Testudines)


Madagascar Big-headed Side-necked Turtle

Big-headed Amazon River Turtle

South American Side-necked River Turtles

Citation: Midtgaard, Rune. RepFocus - A Survey of the Reptiles of the World. (
Latest update: May 12th, 2024.

Biodiversity of the family Podocnemididae Bibliography of the family Podocnemididae


Giant Side-necked Turtles
Schienenschildkröten     Kæmpehalsvendere

Contents: Endemicity:
3 genera of which 1 (33.3%) is endemic  0% 100%
8 species of which 2 (25.0%) are endemic  0% 100%

Remarks: Previously included in the family Pelomedusidae (e.g., Wermuth & Mertens 1977; Iverson 1992).

Distribution:  South America, Madagascar.

Reported from:
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Madagascar, Peru, Surinam, Venezuela.