Wednesday, January 13, 2010

MFS - Strange But True - Creatures / Animals 11


The mata mata (binomial name Chelus fimbriatus) is a freshwater turtle found in South America, primarily in the Amazon and Orinoco basins.
The mata mata was described for the first time by French naturalist Pierre Barrère in 1741 as a "large land turtle with spiky and ridged scales".It was first classified as Chelus fimbriatus by German naturalist Johann Gottlob Schneider in 1783. It was renamed 14 different times in 2 centuries, finally being renamed Chelus fimbriatus in 1934 by Robert Mertens and Muller.Read more about this turtle on MFS,with videoclip.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my God! Is that a Turtle? I couldn't spot its eyes. Well, that looks really scary....
    I don't want it to be the first person knocking on my Door


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