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African Helmeted Turtle

$59.95 - $149.00
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Product Description

The African Helmeted Turtle (Pelomedusa subrufa), is the most widely distributed turtle in all of Africa. It occupies the entire continent south of the Sahara desert. Just like it's cousin, the West African Mud Turtle, the African Helmeted Turtle belongs to the most ancient of all living turtles, having first appeared 120 million years ago.

A very adaptable and resourceful species, African Helmeted Turtles survive both floods and extreme droughts. They are very opportunistic feeders, but are carnivores when possible. In the wild, they will actually hunt together taking down much larger prey. Ours love pellets, and will pretty much eat anything that falls in their tank. They like to bask and will make use of any land provided for them.

This species is one of the best for keepers just starting out - or as pets. They are very personable, tame very quickly, and learn to recognize their keepers just as fast. They are at home in fully or semi - aquatic set ups and are as hearty as they come. African Helmeted Turtles do very well in groups or with other very hearty species. Only reaching 5 - 6 inches after many years, they do well in smaller tanks - but adults can also thrive in warmer outside ponds. One of the most responsive and interactive of all turtles, African Helmeted turtles make excellent first turtles.

Other Details

Common Name:
African Helmeted Turtle
Scientific Name:
Pelomedusa subrufa
Turtle Category:
African Water Turtles
Restricted States:

Warranty Information

We offer a 7 day health guarantee on our captive bred animals only provided all conditions are met as listed in our Terms and Conditions page.


  • 5
    Everyone looks great

    Posted by Kyle on Nov 8th 2023

    Ordered on a Tuesday and the guy and gal we’re delivered less than 24 hours later. They were packaged safely and securely and the two turtles are doing great in the pond so far with the rest of their pond mates. One immediately went after a goldfish as soon as he hit the water. No complaints.

  • 5
    African side neck

    Posted by Douglas Fletcher on Aug 24th 2022

    Beautiful! Such an amazing species , she’s brought us so much joy!

  • 5
    Great Turtles!

    Posted by William on Aug 11th 2022

    Such a great staff! I had amazing help from Amy in selecting the perfect turtles. I received my two healthy, happy, and smiling African helmeted turtles. Amy answered all of my questions and ensured the safety of my turtles for transport. They were very well packaged and began eating right away. Very thankful for this great crew and their amazing turtles!

  • 5
    African Helmeted Turtle

    Posted by Timothy Mable on Apr 22nd 2022

    The little fat guy was in perfect condition when he arrived and early might i add . I've ordered a fewer turtles from Turtle source and all are doing great!! 5Stars for me. Almost forgot i appreciate the free pellets!!

  • 5
    African Helmeted Turtles

    Posted by Ryan on Mar 23rd 2022

    Cutest little turtles ever! Packaged great and the turtles seem happy and healthy. Would buy again.

  • 5
    Helmet side neck turtle

    Posted by Jonathan Halbert on Oct 21st 2021

    Arrived safe and a live.Love buying from this company. Always A++++ service. And reptiles are always packed safe and secure. Highly recommend saler.