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Terrapin: Hinged

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Terrapin: Hinged

Unread postby Ludwig » Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:16 pm

Hello,

can anybody identify this turtle?

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Unread postby Senyetse » Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:34 pm

Hi Ludwig

Where was the photo taken? Kruger? Looks like a terrapin to me. Not sure which species though.
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Unread postby Ludwig » Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:42 pm

Yes, it was in Kruger!

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:00 pm

I am almost too scared to answer the question again, Ludwig, :lol: but let's see if I can atleast direct you somewhere close to the answer.

As far as I know there are three species of Terrapin in Kruger:

Hinged Terrapin (Pe sinuatus) slight knobs on the back.
Cape Terrapin (Pelomedusa subrufa) No knobs at all.
and the rare Pan Hinged Terrapin (Pelusios subniger) found south of Pafuri.
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Unread postby Agama » Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:09 pm

Hi Ludwig. The Cape Terrapin is usually much lighter in colour. This is Pelusios sinuatus, The hinged terrapin. The Cape terrapin also have a rounder nose, whereas this terrapin have a pointed nose. The Cape terrapin is much flatter, whereas this terrapin have a domed slightly serrated carapace (top part of the shell). Cape terrapins pull their necks in sideways, The hinged terrapin pulls its head straight back and then can fold the front end of the plastron (under part of the shell)up to protect its head. Regards, Agama


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