Bells Hingeback (Kinixys Belliana Belliana)

Bells Hingeback (Kinixys Belliana Belliana)
Bells

Range-Somalia, northern Mozambique to east Cameroon and Nigeria. Centrally ranging in Africa. This species does overlap in range with the western bells (Kinixys Belliana Nogyuei) a complete different species commonly identified as Belliana Belliana.

Habitat-Belliana are found in such a diverse ecosystem throughout Africa. They can be found in southern Cameroon in moist green grass savannah to southern Somalia where the grass is dormant from extreme heat. Belliana has a large range but mostly staying in centralized nations of the continent of Africa. Type do not venture into Egypt or Sudan, nor do they venture further south than northern Mozambique.

Diet-eastern bells or Belliana are found In a wide range of Africa from the savannah of Somalia to the wetlands of central eastern Cameroon. Their diet can range depending on locality of species within their large range. From grasses, to broadleaf plants can be found in the gut contents of the outmost eastern dryer savanna found specimens. To mushrooms, fungi, carrion, and fruits in the far western or central locality found specimens.

Size-Male bells reach 6-7″and females up to 10+”some specimens have been recorded much larger, but those were very old small percentage of general population size.

Conservation-Listed IUCN near threatened. Although they are considered to be a vulnerable species in our program. Conservation is still viewed a need for this species. Data is not recorded as a high priority for this species, so inconclusive findings, leads us to believe they still need captive assurance breeding programs.

The facial identification of Kinixys is the main focal point in hinge backs. Forelimbs and hind limbs toe nails can be a good identifying marker but not always the best identification method. Physical shape of species vary greatly as well.

Belliana Belliana will have a trapezoid shaped shell and dome highly towards the posterior. Nogyuei will typically oblong and flatten towards the posterior.

Belliana Belliana left, Belliana Nogyuei right.

Belliana Belliana left, Belliana Nogyuei right.


Male Kinixys Belliana Belliana on left. Female Kinixys Belliana Nogyuei on right.

Male Kinixys Belliana Belliana on left. Female Kinixys Belliana Nogyuei on right.

Facial beak and color varies greatly from Belliana Belliana. The beak is blue to grey hue, and the facial to neck area is always lightly colored ran to sand color.

Facial identification

Facial identification

Belliana Nogyuei facial identification is always dull brown to dark brown. The beak is always a light brown to black.
Nogyuei beak

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