Helmeted Turtle

Pelomedusa subrufa

Making its home in temporary marshes, mud pits and watering holes of the savannah, the helmeted turtle is an aggressive predator of small aquatic creatures.  Groups of helmeted turtles have been known to work together to take down larger prey such as a bird.  At the end of the rainy season, the turtle burrows into a mud hole bottom until the rains return.

Fact File

lifespanLifespan: More than 20 years
ecological roleEcological Role: Predator
habitatHabitat: Wetlands and savannah
dietDiet: Insects, worms, snails and other small aquatic animals