Variable mud turtle
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Pleurodira
Family: Pelomedusidae
Genus: Pelusios
P. rhodesianus
Binomial name
Pelusios rhodesianus
Hewitt, 1927

Pelusios nigricans rhodesianus Hewitt, 1927

The variable mud turtle, Rhodesian mud turtle, Mashona hinged terrapin, or variable hinged terrapin (Pelusios rhodesianus) is a species of turtle in the family Pelomedusidae. It is widely distributed in Central, East, and Southern Africa.[1][2]


This species is found in the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, and South Africa.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Tortoise.; Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. (2016) [errata version of 1996 assessment]. "Pelusios rhodesianus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 1996: e.T16530A97385824. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  2. ^ Pelusios rhodesianus at the Reptile Database. Accessed 11 April 2021.