Behind the Scenes: Mata Mata Turtle Feeding | California Academy of Sciences

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Academy biologist Brian provides a behind the scenes look at feeding the mata mata turtle (Chelus fimbriatus) on display in the Amazon flooded forest exhibit in Steinhart Aquarium. This predator can be found in northern South America and hides in shallow, murky water and if a fish swims by, the mata mata quickly opens its mouth, sucks in the fish and swallows it whole.

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