Moving house

Pamushana | December 2016

I had set out well before dawn and, travelling down the track with my headlights on, only just managed to distinguish this terrapin from a rock. Chelonians – the group of reptiles with shells – are roughly divided into three main categories; tortoises (which dwell on the land), turtles in the ocean and terrapins in fresh water. This terrapin was making a dash for a new fresh water source after the rains.

Poking its head out of its shell on the rain-soaked earth was this leopard tortoise, that was keen on a drink of fresh water after a long dry winter living off its water reserve, contained within a bursa sac at the rear of its body.