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Dwarf mormyrid

Electric eel

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South America's rainforest

The plants in the river

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Armored predators

Conservation of species

California kingsnake

River pool


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Banded archerfish

Banded archerfish

Smallscale archerfish

Smallscale archerfish

West African mud turtle

West African mud turtle

Paraguay pleco

Paraguay pleco

Bala Shark

Bala Shark

West African mud turtle

West African mud turtle


LatinPelusios castaneus
Size31 cm
FoodFish, crustaceans and insects
HabitatShallow areas of lakes, ponds and swamps

Least concern

LocationWest Africa


The West African mud turtle’s mouth is a horny jaw, resembling a rigid beak. It doesn’t chew its food, but bites off little pieces, which it swallows with its tongue.


The turtle’s ribs, sternum and spine have fused together to form a shell. The shell is therefore part of the turtle’s skeleton. On the outside, the shell is covered by plates made from horn, like the nails on our fingers and toes.


The West African mud turtle lives in areas with long periods of drought. However, drought is dangerous for it. If the water disappears, it survives by burrowing into the mud and going into hibernation until the rainy season begins.

Endangered species

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Malawi