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Hinge-back tortoise

Kinixys sp

Notes:

I think this might be a Natal hinged tortoise but if someone could confirm, that would be great!



2 species ID suggestions

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 7 years ago
Hinge-back tortoise
Kinixys sp 404 Not Found
KateBraun
KateBraun 5 years ago
Speke's or Savanna Hinged Tortoise
Kinixys spekii Swaziland's Reptiles Database

5 Comments

KateBraun
KateBraun 5 years ago

How big was it? The Natal hinged tortoise is usually smaller.

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 7 years ago

I haven't got my books with me just now but I would think the 2 flat ones are possibly both Pelusios sinuatus - the serrated hinged Terrapin but I'm not sure what other terrapins there are in RSA with those big plates. The tortoise may well be the mountain tortoise - Geochelone pardalis again I'm not familiar with the whole range of potential candidates.

RachaelB
RachaelB 7 years ago

Thanks for the ID! I have a couple more tortoise shots which I believe are different that I will put up soon.

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 7 years ago

definitely a hinge-back tortoise, genus Kinixys, but there seems to be some controversy among the taxonomists as to how many species there should be; there seems to be a choice of 2 or 3 for southern africa.

Came across an interesting fact relating to hinge-backs, they are omniverous munching insects such as slugs and ,millipedes in addition to the normal vegetarian diet of other tortoises

Sifundza seHhohho, Swaziland

Lat: -26.39, Long: 31.16

Spotted on Jan 1, 2012
Submitted on Feb 5, 2012

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