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Terrapin: Helmeted/Marsh

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Sat Sep 02, 2006 11:12 am Unread post
Helmeted or Marsh Terrapin (Pelomedusa subrufa)

I recently had a good sighting of one of these guys, I read up on them and found some info that I found very interesting.

Marsh/Helmeted Terrapins are omnvorous, they eat almost anything, including water weed, insects and frogs. In some regions they act like crocodiles, they ambush, drown and then devour doves and sand grouse drinking at the water's edge. :shock:
The female lays her eggs (10-35) in a flask shaped pit which she digs with her hind feet in soft soil, if the ground is too hard she will urinate to soften it.
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Re: Identification Help - Tortoise

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Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:07 am Unread post
:hmz: I found this one in KTP, Jan. 2012

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and try to come to the car... like in another park :shock:

there is Terrapine in KTP ?

thanks in advance :D


Re: Identification Help - Tortoise

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Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:17 pm Unread post
Marsh Terrapin is the only species found in the park Anne-Marie! :thumbs_up: Interesting though never thought you would find them there. :hmz:
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