Although this is not a large group of chelonians, they are very widespread throughout sub-Saharan Africa, both in lakes and rivers and in temporary bodies of water. Several species are also found on Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles.
|Genus||Common Name||No. of species||Location||Notes|
|Pelomedusa||Helmeted/ Marsh Terrapins||1||Most of sub-Saharan Africa||No plastron hinge: usually found in temporary water bodies.|
|Pelusios||Hinged Terrapins||15||Sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar and islands in the Indian Ocean||Plastron hinge present.|
Turtles and Tortoises of the World, David Alderton, Blandford, London 1999.
Schildkröten, Gerhard Müller, Eugen Ullmer, Stuttgart 1995.
A Field Guide to the Reptiles of East Africa, Stephen Spawls, Kim Howell, Robert Drewes and James Ashe, Natural World/Academic Press, London 2002.
Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa, Bill Branch, Struik, Capetown 1998.
Back to Chelonian Families | Back to Chelonians | Back to Reptiles | Back to Herps | Back to Home Page