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Emily Osborn - 2014-07-27
My turtle, Tuck, has been with me for about nine years. I was forced to remove any out of water basking areas and rocks because he continuously ended up on his back. Somehow he managed to, at one point, flip himself upside down on a rock that was surrounded by water. Why or how is he doing this? (He seems perfectly happy and healthy in a completely aquatic environment.)

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Chelle - 2008-03-01
My 2 month old RES lives in a 40 gallon long aquarium. He has a basking light, uvb light, a ramp for basking, a water heater and powerful filter (200 gallons per hour). He lives with 3 rosey red minnows and 6 zebra danios. I made the mistake of feeding him dried shrimp treats and then he wouldn't eat anything else. I have some advice on what to do if this happens to anyone else: Buy baby turtle floating food sticks, grind them down to a powder, add a little calcim/vitamin powder and a drop of water. Add a tiny bit of the dried shrimp (for the smell) and mix into a paste like texture. Then I put a dab of the mixture on the tip of my finger and hold it just above the water so he can reach up and get it. This is working great and he is thriving. I also have a small piece of cuttlebone floating in the water and have ordered water lettuce and water hyacinth. I haven't seen him bite the cuttlebone yet. He does try to bite the fake plants, this is why I ordered the edible water plants. I hope this info might help someone else out there with a picky eater like mine.

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  • Sarah Wheeler - 2014-07-23
    My turtles wouldnt go back to regular food too after some treats, but a few days they strated eating when they wer hungry. But congrats on keeping ur turtles AND fish, all my turtles will eat fish excpet 1 of them(i have 5)
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Skurtle - 2014-07-17
I feed mine rep-cal adult iguana food, he/she is in great shape, 9 years old. Soon will have genetic testing done for sexing. Does anyone have any confirmed male or females?

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Katie Sharkey - 2013-04-13
I have an African Sideneck Turtle and she is acting like she can't swim and is going to drown? She only seems happy when I have her in a blanket. She is eating though. HELP! :)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    First look at her environment, make sure she has an adequate basking area and the right lighting/heating. If all that is proper, then she may have an internal parasite or other problem and you may want to take her to a veterinarian.
  • Christie - 2014-06-07
    They aren't very good swimmers. You should try to slope your underwater environment so she can easily reach the surface.
  • colleen - 2014-07-11
    I think turtles are so cute
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Kym - 2014-07-08
I have an African Sideneck Turtle, and I have never owned a pet before. I have followed all instructions that I have been given about caring for him as well as cleaning his tank. However, lately I've noticed that there is this mucous-like slime in my filter and I don't know what it's from. Like I said, I'm new at this, so if I may be doing something wrong or if he's sick please let me know so I can make him better.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I'm not sure why there is a mucous-like slime in your filter, but it definitely sounds like your tank needs a good cleaning. Water turtles need a clean tank and a good basking area to prevent them from getting sick. It may just be that you have a dirty tank, but also check your turtle carefully to see if anything is wrong. If mucous slime develops in its nose or mouth, it causes a bubbling out of the nose or wheezing and indicates a serious respiratory problem, in which case you'll want to take it to a vet immediately for treatment.
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Worried in Detroit - 2014-06-24
My African Side-neck turtle's head is peeling--that is to say that the skin on top of her head is peeling and she is spending days at a time on her basking area. When I passed by her tank she fell off the basking area and I am scared that she is sick. I have had her for about two months and she is just a baby. Her tank is about 70 and she seems to like that temperature when she is in there. Any ideas about how I can moisturize her head? Do you know if she is sick and what I can do to make her get better?

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  • African Sideneck Turtles - 2014-06-28
    The first thing is maybe heat your tank a little. Most aquatic turtles including Sidenecks prefer a temperature of 75+. And by peeling do you mean it's actually peeling? If it's just shedding that is pretty normal for a Sideneck. It's a sign of growth if it sheds. I'm not sure about the falling part, but from what I am hearing it sounds like it is just shy and prefers to bask alone. Mine was like that for a while. Hope I helped!
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kristi - 2013-06-12
i just got my african sideneck turtle yesterday, he ate when we got home.. but now he's not eating and hasn't basked at all... the water temps are both good.. and he has a basking spot.

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  • Kriss Abplestein - 2014-06-24
    African Sideneck Turtles take 3/4 days to become accustomed to their new environments, so this is normal.
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Kim - 2014-06-03
Hi, I live in Oswego county, NY... my 9 yo son and I just found a painted turtle in our back yard! I believe it is a female because she had dug up a spot in the yard! She sat at the spot for like 30 minutes then pushed the dirt back in and walked away! Just wondering if she did lay eggs how long will it be before we see babies.... We would like to watch for them! I am going to mark the spot so they won't mow there! Any help would be great!

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  • jim - 2014-06-19
    Should be about ten weeks. For the babies to arrive. If she did lay eggs, are you close to water? They usually lay their eggs near a body of water. Have a best time watching them when they hatch, it's a good experience. I own one eastern painted turtle. His name is Gamera after the Monterrey movie turtle. We found him as a baby. Smaller than a quarter he was. Very excited my son was. Have fun but if you handle them remember to wash your hands. The babies can carry some germs not good for us. They are ok to handle just wash afterwards.. have a camera ready to capture the moment, and have fun.
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MsBeth - 2014-06-17
My daughter was given a Western boxie by some friends. We named her Digger. She LOVES to eat chicken (give her a thigh bone with a little meat left on it and it will be picked clean soon!), mangoes and nectarines. She is not much on tomatoes or green vegetables of any kind. Lettuce is not nourishing, so we don't do that. She likes tidbits of corn on the cob. When we can find them, she loves earthworms and snails! YUM! We made an enclosure from a very large cat box for her when we first got her and she was only about 2' long. She grew tremendously the first 2 years and now really needs a larger enclosure. We take her out in the evenings to let her get some exercise in the yard - but you have to watch her like crazy - she can really move when she has a mind to. We love the info on this site and LOVE our Digger!!

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george vaughan - 2014-06-06
We just had a female box turtle lay her eggs in our back yard. It is in a very private part of our back yard and we plan to let the eggs hatch and let the turtles go back to the area around our lake as this is where they came from and I think they will be better off there.

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