marsh terrapin

African Helmeted Turtle (Pelomedusa subrufa)

…also known as the Marsh Terrapin, or Crocodile Turtle, or the African Side-necked Turtle, the African helmeted turtle is a species of side-necked terrapin that naturally occurs in fresh and stagnant water bodies throughout much of Sub-Saharan Africa. Ranging from the Cape Peninsula to Sudan, west to Ghana and south to Cape Town, South Africa. It has also been recorded in Madagascar and Yemen. African helmeted turtles are typically encountered in areas of standing water, such as swamps, pans, dams, and lakes. They are also sometimes found in rivers. They are omnivorous in nature and will feed on a range of insects, crustaceans, fish, amphibians, earthworms, snails, vegetation, and even carrion. 


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Image: Johannes van Rooyen