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The African Helmeted Turtle is a relatively small turtle with a shell length of 15-18 cm (6 to 7”) as an adult. The shell is very thin, oval shaped, and brown to olive in color. The head is brown to olive colored and may be mottled with darker or lighter tones. The tops of the tail and limbs are a grayish brown, while the underside is yellowish. The male turtle is distinguished by its long, thick tail. Females tend to have a shorter tail and a broader carapace. Hatchlings have a shell size of about 30mm ( 1 ¼”) in length, and are olive to black in color.
African helmeted turtle
The brown to olive carapace is oval, broad, and rather flattened dorsally; most individuals are under 20 cm in carapace length, but Loveridge (1941) recorded a South African male 32.5 cm long. The carapace may be smooth or slightly serrated posteriorly, and may have a slight keel on the 2nd to 4th vertebrals. Vertebral 1 is broader than long and the largest of the five; the 4th is also broader than long. No cervical scute is present.
African helmeted turtle
The brown to olive carapace is oval, broad, and rather flattened dorsally; most individuals are under 20 cm in carapace length, but Loveridge (1941) recorded a South African male 32.5 cm long. The carapace may be smooth or slightly serrated posteriorly, and may have a slight keel on the 2nd to 4th vertebrals.
Name: African Helmeted Turtle / Marsh Terrapin
Scientific Name: Pelomedusa subrufa
Origin: From East Africa until Ethiopia
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They belong to the group of side necked turtles. This means that the turtle does not pull its head in backwards but sideward.
Their neck is much longer than from any other kind of turtles!!! Please be careful~*
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