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Top 5 Weirdest Turtles and Tortoises


African Helmeted Turtle


  • Size: up to 13 inches (32,5 cm)
  • Distribution: Africa, Madagascar
  • Habitat: Waters, sometimes rivers
  • Lifestyle: aquatic and terrestial


Turtle or skunk?

This turtle mostly lives in Africa and “plucks” the bait from fishers’ hooks. But this isn’t the only reason that people are sick of them. They absolutely stink - like they’ve been sprayed by skunks! It seems to be a defense mechanism.

African Helmeted TurtleAfrican Helmeted Turtle - Photo: EcoPrint/Shutterstock


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