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When it comes to living in river ecosystems, few animals are as well adapted as mata mata turtles. These nocturnal reptiles are perfectly camouflaged for their murky freshwater surroundings—and, like many turtles, they can hold their breath for long periods of time. When mata matas need to breathe, they have a unique edge: Their narrow snouts are essentially built-in snorkels they can lift to the surface to sip in some air.