By Jordan Gray, Igor Valencia, German Forero-Medina, and Natalia Gallego Magdalena River Turtles hatch in their incubation chamber. On 19 May 2017, over 1,000 Critically Endangered Magdalena River Turtle (Podocnemis lewyana) hatchlings were released into the muddy waters of the Sinú River in northwestern Colombia. The release event was attended by hundreds of locals from…

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Jordan Gray  TSA Species Spotlight Magdalena River turtle (Podocnemis lewyana) Country of Origin: Colombia, South America (endemic) IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Estimated surviving population: Unknown/Declining Habitat: Turbid rivers and their tributaries of the Sinu, San Jorge, Cauca and Magdalena River drainages Size: Females ≤ 46 cm, Males ≤ 32 cm Factoid: This is the only Podocnemid turtle to naturally occur west…

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