Ponds and Lakes Animals

Zambesi Softshell
Zambesi Softshell
Class: Reptilia: Reptiles Diet: Snails
Order: Chelonia: Turtles and Tortoises
Size: 51 cm (20 in)
Family: Trionychidae: Softshell Turtle Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Cycloderma frenatum Habitat: ponds, lakes, rivers
Range: Africa: Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi

Size of Zambesi SoftshellA carnivorous turtle, the Zambesi softshell feeds mainly on mollusks. It lays its 15 to 20 eggs from December to March and is most active in rainy weather. Hatchlings have pale green carapaces and dark lines on their heads. In adults these lines are outlined with white dots and become fainter with age. The only other species in this genus is Aubry's softshell, C. aubryi, found in West Africa.

Range of Zambesi Softshell
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