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West African Mud Turtle

West African Mud Turtles are medium size turtles that are native to the continent of Africa. Known for their bright coloration, these creatures are famous in the pet trade.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Pleurodira
    Family Pelomedusidae
    Genus Pelusios
    Species P. castaneus
    Scientific Name Pelusioscastaneus

    Other Names West African side-necked turtle, Swamp terrapin
    Length 7 and 12 inches
    Coloration The carapace is dark to light yellow with polygonal shapes with central black coloration, with each polygob being divided by light brown and thin white stripes; the head has dense black dots upon a yellow base
    Distribution West and Central Africa
    Habitat Fresh water bodies including mud rivers, ponds, holes, and in the swamps
    Diet All kinds of insects, plants, and fish that they can consume
    Clutch Size 3-12 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg-laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern (IUCN 2.3)

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    Published on April 11th 2017 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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