This is one seriously cool turtle. It is a monotypic genus, which means that it is the only species in the genus. They live in the Amazon river system in South America and hang out in warm shallow muddy water with lots of vegetative debris. The shell and skin are excellent camouflage in this habitat, including how the head (with fringes of extra skin with sensitive nerves), looks like mucka mucka leaves (a common aquatic plant). The snout is a long thin snorkel like tube that is raised to the surface to breathe.