Yellow – bellied hinged Terrapin
February 14, 2016
Nile soft – shelled Turtle
February 14, 2016
Scientific name:
Pelomedusa subrufa
Identification:
Up to 30 cm. A small, flat, smelly terrapin with a broad head. Shell mottled grey or brown, often stained green.
Habitat:
Dry and moist savanna and semi - desert, from sea level to about 1600 metres altitude. Found in water bodies; dams, pools, swamps, streams and small rivers but rarely in large rivers. Probably Occurs throughout lowland East Africa.
Behaviour:
Aquatic, may bask in the water or on land. Will walk across country looking for pools. Quite quick moving. Swims quickly; if disturbed in pools it will dive into mud and bury itself. Baries itself in mud at the start of the dry season.
Food:
Eats anything living it can catch, including insects, amphibians, fish, even carrion and plant matter.
Reproduction:
Mating occurs in water. Usually 10 - 30 eggs laid, roughly 3 cm diameter.