Mata Mata Turtle

The Mata Mata Turtle is a creature native to the fresh waters of South America. It's scientific name is Chelus fimbriata. The adult turtle grows up to 45 cm long and weighs around 17.2 kg. The Mata Mata Turtle has a flattened head and neck, with its eyes on the sides of its head.

Above is a graph of the population of the turtle. In 1996, the highest population averaged around 7,000 turtles. In 2011, the lowest population averaged to 1,500 turtles. One factor that could have increased the population was a low rate in natural disasters and high food sources. Controversially, a factor that could have decreased the population was low food sources and a higher natural disaster rate then the previous years.