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Species page for: African Mud Turtles (Genus: Pelusios)


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A brief snippet about African Mud Turtles

A brief introduction to the species will be inserted here ..... coming soon! In the interim we have a number of links on the species, listed on this page.


Natural Habitat
East African black mud turtle (Pelusios subniger)

All Pelusios species are rather drab in colour, and the East African mud turtle is the only species to regularly appear in the pet trade (3). This turtle has a moderately domed, oval, dark-coloured carapace (upper shell) with no keel or serrations (2) (3).

Turtles of the World - African (all from ID 119 to 134)

Browse through the 15 different species presented here. Recognition The oval carapace (to 30 cm) is flattened dorsally and bears a low medial keel which may disappear with age. All five vertebrals are broader than long, with the 1st the broadest and the 4th and 5th the narrowest. X-rays of the carapaces of several individuals showed a continuous series of eight neural bones with the 1st touching or nearly touching the nuchal bone, and the reduced 8th neural widely separated from the suprapygal. Thereis no cervical scute, but there are 11 pairs of marginals.

Yellowbelly mud turtle (Pelusios castanoides)

Two subspecies are currently recognised. The nominate subspecies, the East African yellow-bellied mud turtle (P. c. castanoides), ranges from Kenya in East Africa south to Swaziland and north-east South Africa, and also occurs on Madagascar (2) (3). The Seychelles chestnut-bellied mud turtle (P. c. intergularis) is endemic to the Seychelles, where it is found on Mahé, Cerf, Praslin, La Digue, Fregate and Silhouette islands (1).

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Common African helmeted turtle(Pelusios Subniger)

Empire of the Turtle

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

Empire of the

Over 40 species of captive bred turtles and tortoises. All produced by the Empire of the Turtle. The Common African helmeted turtle belongs to the group of side-necked turtles.

Pictures - East African Side Necked Turtle (P. subniger) - Pelusios gallery

More Info.
Climatic Data of East Africa - all the Pelusios species and more

Pelusios are fascinating turtles from Africa, Madagascar and the Seychelles and this site has been set up to give you information on keeping and breeding these turtles in captivity and how they live in the wild. You will find basic information in each chapter, but also very specific information for anybody who really wants to know all about the Pelusios.


There are more than a dozen species in the genus Pelusios, the African hinged terrapins. All are rather drab in color, but are hardy turtles that do well in captivity. Only one, Pelusios subniger, regularly appears in the pet trade and is sometimes bred in captivity. It is a medium sized turtle that can reach 8 inches as an adult. (Another genus is very similar in appearance and habitat requirements, but is distinguished from Pelusios by the absence of a plastral hinge. It is Pelomedusasand has only one species, subrufa. It is commonly called the African helmeted turtle.)

Essay on Taxonomy and the Genus Pelusios