Ndendeki-Mackal-1987 16-1-2010
Giant TURTLE of Central Africa.

Etymology: Probably Lingala (Bantu) word.

Variant name: Ndendecki.

Physical description: Rounded shell, 12–15 
feet in diameter.

Behavior: Aquatic. Feeds on organic matter.

Distribution: Likouala aux Herbes River, Republic 
of the Congo.

Possible explanation: The African softshell turtle 
(Trionyx triunguis) reaches a length of 3 feet 
(possibly as much as 6 feet) and has an elongated 
snout. It is found in ponds, lakes, and 
rivers from Egypt to West Africa. Allowing for 
witness exaggeration, older outsize specimens 
could account for the Ndendeki tradition, according 
to Marcellin Agnagna and Roy Mackal.

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