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10 animals found in the rainforest

By: Bryan Nelson on April 7, 2014, 10:40 a.m.
Mata mata

Photo: Michael Gil [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr

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Mata mata

The mata mata might be the most unusual looking species of turtle in the world. Found in the rainforests of the Amazon and Orinoco basins, this large sedentary reptile is characterized by its triangular, flattened head and shell. Flaps of skin also seem to dangle from its neck and head, almost like damp leaves. In fact, the odd shape of the mata mata's shell is believed to resemble a piece of bark, offering the turtle camouflage.