Turkana mud turtle

Turkana mud turtle

Turkana mud turtle, Broadley's mud turtle, Lake turkana hinged terrapin

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Pelusios broadleyi

Pelusios broadleyi, commonly known as the Turkana mud turtle, Broadley's mud turtle, or the Lake Turkana hinged terrapin, is a species of turtle in the family Pelomedusidae. The species is native to eastern Africa.

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The specific name, broadleyi, is in honor of herpetologist Donald G. Broadley.

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Pelusios broadleyi is endemic to Lake Turkana in East Africa. It has only been confirmed from the Kenyan part of this lake, but may well occur in the Ethiopian (it has been recorded very close to the border).

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The preferred natural habitat of P. broadleyi is freshwater wetlands.

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References

1. Turkana mud turtle Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkana_mud_turtle
2. Turkana mud turtle on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/16529/97385030

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