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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Serrated Hinged Terrapin (Pelusios sinuatus)

Family Pelomedusidae
This is the largest of our fresh water terrapins with the females being bigger than the males and can weigh up to 7kg.
Musk glands are located on the soft skin which exude a foul smelling substance when they are stressed.
They breed throughout the summer and lay between 8 and 48 soft-shelled eggs in a clutch and two clutches per year.

1 comment:

Gaelyn said...

Are these the "attack" terrapins? Nice shots in the water.