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Species page for: African Helmeted Turtle (Pelomedusa subrufa)


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A brief snippet about African Helmeted Turtle

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Natural Habitat
African helmeted turtle - Honolulu Zoo.org

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.

ETI - Turtles of the World: Pelomedusa subrufa

Description Pelomedusa subrufa (Lacepède, 1788) African helmeted turtle Recognition 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.

Turtles of the World

African helmeted turtle Recognition 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.


 
Captive Care
Care Info - 88 Marine Aquarium Centre

Name: African Helmeted Turtle / Marsh Terrapin Scientific Name: Pelomedusa subrufa Origin: From East Africa until Ethiopia Size: 20cm *Suitable for beginners! 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~*

Care Sheet and Information - aquascape.co.uk


 
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East Bay Vivarium.com

The East Bay Vivarium is one of the largest reptile specialty stores in the Nation. We offer the most diverse selection of reptiles in the U.S. with quality service and experience. Our inventory includes snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, tarantulas and much more! Not only do we offer healthy, high quality animals, but we also have all the supplies you need to keep your herp healthy and happy.

Empire of the Turtle -FL

Over 40 species of captive bred turtles and tortoises. All produced by the Empire of the Turtle.

Exotic-pets.co.uk

African Helmeted Turtle are relatively small turtles. They are found throughout Africa, from Ghana all the way to the Cape of Africa.

Nature Coast Exotics Inc.

Most of the baby turtles you see from us are bred by us. We house them outside and they are fed a natural diet (duck weed, minnows, tadpoles, ect) and Mazuri fresh water turtle diet. This makes for some healthy hardy babies. We stand behind all of our animals for 7 days, providing your purchase is shipped overnight. Be sure to read all the terms and guarantee. You won't be disappointed with our stock I guarantee it!!

South Coast Exotics.com

109 London Road . Cowplain . Waterlooville . Portsmouth . PO8 8XJ Tel: 023 9226 9362 Fax: 023 9226 9363


 
Pictures
Central Pets.com - Photos

The homeless Gamba

World Chelonian Trust


 
More Info.
CITES info and pictures

Common name: African Helmeted Turtle, Marsh Terrapin, Helmeted Turtle Scientific name: Pelomedusa subrufa Distribution: Africa CITES listing: Appendix III (Ghana, 26/02/1976) Photo: © Peter Dollinger (taken at Mountain Zebra National Park and Weenen Nature Reserve, South Africa)

Climatic Data of Southern Africa

Fact sheet by Empire of the Turtle.com

Over 40 species of captive bred turtles and tortoises. All produced by the Empire of the Turtle.


 
Taxonomy
EMBL database


 

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