Tortoises, terrapins and turtles in Tanzania

Leopard Tortoise by Swati Sani.

The commonest tortoise in Tanzania is the Leopard tortoise, which is often seen plodding along game reserve roads in the country (above photo by Swati Sani).

Four species of terrapin are also present, the largest being the Nile soft-shelled terrapin which can reach lengths of up to 1 metre.

Five species of marine turtles have been recorded off Tanzania. Most common is the green turtle

Useful books

Pocket Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of East Africa (Recommended – An essential guide by all accounts.)