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Thursday, 1 December 2011

East African Side Neck Tutle - Why The Name?

Image from Petsgallery

The East African Side-Necked Turtles (Pelusios subniger) inhabit shallow ponds and streams with muddy bottoms. When the pools dry out or the conditions become too hot or cold for them to tolerate, the turtles in general burrow into the mud and remain protected until the rain comes.

When threatened, this species pulls its long neck to one side (hence its peculiar name *_*), rather than bringing it back into the turtle’s shell like typical tortoises and turtles do. They have dark, often black carapaces which are slightly domed and yellow undersides with a dark edge. These unique turtles are found in eastern and southeastern Africa, including Madagascar.

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