Although somewhat somber in coloration, African Side-Necked Turtles exhibit extremely interesting behaviors…including group attacks on birds, launched from the water! Two species, the Helmeted Turtle (Pelomedusa subrufa) and the East African Black Mud Turtle (Pelusios subniger), have long been bred in the pet trade, and others are becoming increasing popular with turtle enthusiasts. If provided with proper care, they do quite well in captivity and may be expected to breed and live for several decades.