Terrapin

Terrapin

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Credit: PETER CHADWICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Terrapin basking in the sun on a dead log. Terrapins, which are related to turtles and tortoises, are reptiles with a protective carapace (or shell). This terrapin may be sunning itself to raise its body temperature. Photographed in Mkuzi Game Reserve, South Africa.

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Keywords: african, animal, basking, body temperature, chelonia, chelonian, cold-blooded, dead log, freshwater, lake, mkhuzi, mkuzi game reserve, nature, poikilothermic, poikilothermy, pond, reptile, reptilia, south africa, sub-saharan, sunning, terrapin, thermoregulation, turtle, wildlife, zoology

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