The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Serrated Hinged Terrapin

Afrikaans name: Skulprand-skarnierwaterskilpad

Serrated Hinged Terrapin

Serrated Hinged Terrapin

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Pelusios sinuatus

The Serrated Hinged Terrapin is called the East Africa Serrated Mud Turtle further up Africa. It is found from northern KwaZulu-Natal to East Africa.

It can grow to a size of over 50 cm with females being a big bigger than males. Males have a longer tail. When threatened by a predator they give off a foul odour.

The Serrated Hinged Terrapin eats a variety of food including freshwater mussels and snails, ticks, frogs and they have also been known to feed off animal carcasses. They are preyed upon by Nile Crocodiles.

Females lay up to 25 or so eggs in a hole within a few hundred metres of the water.

References and further reading

Tortoises, Terrapins & Turtles of Africa - Author: Bill Branch - Published: 2008 - Page: 100

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 254

The South African Tortoise Book - Author: RC Boycott and O Bourquin - Published: 1988 - Page: 65

Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Rod Patterson and Anothony Bannister - Published: 1987 - Page: 17

The Reptiles of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar, WD Haacke and NHG Jacobsen - Published: 1983 - Page: 28

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Graham Alexander and Johan Marais - Published: 2007 - Page: 363

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 116

Bill Branchs Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Bill Branch - Published: 1988 - Page: 40

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 64

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 192

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 407

Reptiles & Amphibians of Southern Africa - Author: Warren Schmidt - Published: 2006 - Page: 84


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