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Austro-South American Side Necked Turtles

The Chelidae are one of three iving families of the Turtle (Testudines) suborder Pleurodira. There are some 60 odd species that are distributed in Australasia and South America. All members pull their heads back to the side as in other Pleurodiran Turtles. Well known members of this family include the Mata mata from South America and the Eastern Long-necked Turtle from Australia.

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