The Ugliest Animals on Planet Earth

Mata Whata

Matamata (Chelus fimbriata)


The matamata is large and sedentary with a large, triangular, flattened head containing many tubercles and flaps of skin, and a “horn” on its long and tubular snout. The matamata turtle’s shell is usually black or brown and can measure up to 18 inches. An adult turtle can weigh up to 33 pounds.

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