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William’s Toadhead Turtle

Phrynops williamsi


Phrynops williamsi (known as William's toadhead turtle or William's South American side-necked turtle) is a species of freshwater turtle found in southeast Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. This is likely to be a young specimen as it is quite colourful and usually the colour of older specimens fade.


Seen sunbathing on a rock in the river from the footbridge at Iguazu Falls, Argentina.


This turtle was only described in 1983.

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Mnes., Argentina

Lat: -25.69, Long: -54.44

Spotted on Feb 11, 2013
Submitted on Apr 13, 2013

Spotted for Mission

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