A little-known species, in the wild the Pantanel swamp turtle mainly feeds upon snails, crushing the shells between the horny plates that line its jaws. In captivity, however, it will readily take fish and other animal flesh (2). Unlike some turtles, which can protect their head by withdrawing it straight back inside the shell, the Pantanal swamp turtle is only capable of turning its neck to the side, thereby concealing its head just under the front lip of the shell (5).
The Pantanal swamp turtle nests from April to May, at the end of the rainy season when the flood waters begin to recede. The female lays a clutch of four to eight round, hard-shelled eggs, which hatch after around six months (3).