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Marsh Terrapin


The common Marsh Terrapin, also known as Pelomedusa subrufa, is a species of turtle commonly found in sub-Saharan Africa. They are known for their distinctive flattened shape and dark brown or black shell, with yellowish or reddish markings.

These terrapins are often found in marshy areas, swamps, and slow-moving rivers, where they feed on a variety of aquatic plants and small invertebrates. They are also popular in the pet trade due to their relatively small size and easy care requirements. However, it's important to note that they require specific habitat and dietary needs to thrive in captivity.

Important Information

  • Safe for Adults & Kids
  • 2-3 hours excursion
  • Available all year round
  • Walk-In Hours: 6:00AM-6:00PM
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Did you Know?

-Fun facts about Marsh Terrapin-

Masters of Two Worlds

Unlike most turtles, who live solely on land or in water, the Marsh Terrapin is an amphibious reptile. They can navigate and thrive in both freshwater and brackish water environments, including coastal marshes, estuaries, and tidal pools.

Salt-busting Superpowers

To survive in brackish water, which is a mix of freshwater and saltwater, Marsh Terrapins possess special salt glands located near their eyes. These glands help them expel excess salt that they absorb from the water, maintaining their internal salt balance.

Speedy Swimmers

Although not as fast as some marine animals, Marsh Terrapins are surprisingly agile swimmers in their aquatic habitat. Their webbed feet provide excellent propulsion, allowing them to chase prey, evade predators, and navigate their watery environment with ease.

Omnivores with a Twist

Marsh Terrapins are opportunistic omnivores, meaning they consume a diverse range of food items depending on availability. Their diet includes small fish, crustaceans, insects, worms, aquatic plants, even carrion, and occasionally, small fruits.

Masters of Camouflage

Their olive-brown or grey shell, often adorned with darker markings, offers excellent camouflage in their habitat. This blended appearance helps them blend in with vegetation and muddy bottoms, making them less visible to potential predators.

Hibernation Champions

When colder weather arrives, Marsh Terrapins enter a state of hibernation. They burrow into the mud at the bottom of ponds or marshes, remaining inactive until warmer temperatures return in the spring.

Temperature Determines the Sex

Unlike most reptiles whose sex is determined by chromosomes, the sex of a Marsh Terrapin is determined by incubation temperature. Warmer temperatures during incubation typically result in female hatchlings, while cooler temperatures produce males.

Vulnerable Beauties

Despite their resilience, Marsh Terrapins face threats due to habitat loss, pollution, and invasive species. Conservation efforts are crucial to protect these adaptable and fascinating creatures.

Long-Distance Travelers

While not known for extensive migrations, Marsh Terrapins can travel surprisingly long distances within their home range. This allows them to explore new feeding grounds, find mates, and locate suitable nesting sites.

Living Fossils

With a fossil record dating back over 50 million years, many consider Marsh Terrapins to be living fossils. Their continued existence provides valuable insights into the evolution of turtles and aquatic reptiles.


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Reviews From Our Guests

 First impressions when you get, there might be a little bit tatty. But you soon change your mind when you start interacting with the animals. We were greeted by ostriches, walking around freely and were able to feed them. We had an amazing guide all to ourselves called Fedelis. Her English was incredible and she was so informative about all animals and the surrounding park.


Towards the end of the tour, we were able to feed zebras, but the real highlight was feeding the giraffes, it really was an experience that I could recommend anyone to do.


A lovely, peaceful walk around the reserve, getting up close and personal with zebra and ostriches. We had a super guide called Joseph who was very knowledgeable and guided us around for about an hour and a half, and we were lucky enough to feed the giraffes too.


A perfect personal trip which we all enjoyed.

Helen and Annabel (TRIPADVISOR)

Bring a camera! Great activity for the family to interact with some of Kenyas wildlife. 2-3 hours is enough.

RainbowSunflower (Karen) - TRIPADVISOR