The African Helmeted Terrapin spends most of its time in or near water. They usually make their homes in swampy areas. They are from moderately hot, humid regions and prefer temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
The male turtles have a long thick tail, and the females tend to have a shorter tail and a broader shell. The shells are black or brown in colour, with the tail and the limbs grayish yellow and the underside yellowish.African Helmeted Terrapins are omnivores. When not in the water, they are usually foraging for food or basking in the sun.
After mating, the female lays between two and ten eggs that are incubated in a nest and hatch after 75 to 90 days.
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