Hiding amongst the fish is a rare animal that has several adaptations for life in the water. After you have located this shy creature, name the animal and two unique characteristics.
Diagnosis: Mata Mata Turtle
In the center of the image is a mata mata turtle clinging to the side of a large rock. Its shell is covered with dark green algae. These turtles are native to South America where they live in swamps, marshes and other bodies of slow moving water. They have a long, tubular nose that resembles a horn. Mata mata turtles live in shallow water which makes breathing a snap. They simply stretch their heads to the surface.
Besides their unique nose, mata mata turtles are known for flaps of skin on their necks that look like fringe to me. The flaps provide camouflage among the aquatic plants while they wait for dinner to swim by.