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see side-necked turtleside-necked turtle,
name for the long-necked turtle of the families Chelidae and Pelomedusidae, found only in the Southern Hemisphere. The neck in these two families is of a different structure from that of other turtles and is folded sideways under the shell for concealment
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(Chelys fimbriata), the only species of the genus Chelys of the family Chelidae. It lives in bodies of water in Venezuela, Guiana, and Brazil. The carapace, which may be up to 40 cm long, is oval and has three longitudinal rows of large prismatic mounds. The undershell is long and narrow. The head is triangular, and the snout has the shape of a proboscis, measuring up to 15 cm. The matamata can project its snout to the surface when it burrows in mud on the bottom of rivers and lakes. The mouth is very wide. The skin on the head and the sides of the neck has fringelike growths that disguise the turtle among aquatic plants. It feeds on fish and invertebrates and is active at dusk.

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Also expected to appeal to tourists is the improved hobbit village where Bilbo and Frodo live in Middle-earth, on a sheep and cattle farm at Matamata, 175 kilometres from Auckland.
Find Middle Earth at Alexander's sheep ranch close to Matamata, North Island.
Then it was straight on the road for an easy, two-and-a-half hour drive through lush green hills all the way to Matamata, where you'll find Hobbiton carefully disguised as a working sheep farm.
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Unassuming Matamata, for example, was just a blip on the map about two hours south of Auckland before LOTR.
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Rallies were held on Monday afternoon in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Queenstown and Matamata (where the Hobbiton sets have been built).
The department, in a statement issued late on Saturday, said its enforcement officers found 95 boa constrictors, two rhinoceros vipers and a matamata turtle inside the luggage.
In the normal case, a reduplicated form such as buku-buku can be stemmed to buku 'book' and the meaning inferred using the grammar, but matamata has to be linked directly to meaning and the inference from mata blocked.
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