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Biologist - 2010-04-24
The turtle pictured on the painted turtle page at the top is a common map turtle, not a painted turtle.

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-05-22
    This photo was contributed as a painted turtle and the red markings are visible, however its identity cannot be determined absolutely from the picture. We hope to replace it with a more definitive picture in the future.
  • turtle rescue - 2010-10-18
    Biologist? Where did you get your degree? Are you a turtle expert? I certainly am, and checked just to make sure I was not mistaken (quite thoroughly) so unless they change their picture since your post. I real must "beg to differ." common map turtles look NOTHING like the picture at the top of the page. maybe a false map, but even then no. Note the slight red coloration around the edges? You can't see the underside well, but judging by the pattern and the red tinted edges, I would say this site is accurate in that picture and you may want to stick to you basic biology, go back to school and get a more specialized degree in something. All this is being said very kindly compared to what I would like to say.
  • debrah - 2011-07-11
    Hello, I have been reading many different ways to identify the sex of my baby turtle. It's shell is the size of a half dollar, so not sure of age. (Son found him in a small pond in the woods behind my house.) He is very alert, and seems as if he/she knows who I am. Very entertaining, and can be embarrassing when caught; gagaga and gooing when you think no one is there. Also would like to know, how do they sleep? In water or on land?
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AJAY - 2011-07-09
It has been a good experience landing on this site. I finally got something that I was looking for. Many many many thanks. Hope to read more in the the future.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-09
    Glad you enjoy it. Don't forget to leave us your esperiences and your knowledge. Many are novice and have lots of questions. With your interest in reading and looking for information, I'd say you are going to learn and know a lot. We appreciate all those who are interested in helping others with their pets. Much of that comes from the owners of the pets.
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SHanaynay - 2011-06-19
Hello well me and my friend found a turtle at her house. When I left that day she let the turtle go. A week later I came back and she found the same turtle for a second time. We thought that was funny until she let it go and 3 days later she found it when I was over. She let it go one last time. I came over a few days later and we found it in her BASEMENT. It scared us both and now we think that I am a charm. I know turtles like to stay in one place and call it home but not every time I come over. And she found it in the basement. We don't know how it got there but it was a little freaky. Just wanting to post this to see if anyone had an idea bout what had happened?

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Danielle - 2011-05-31
Hey just got a side neck and was wondering do they shed their skin or is there a problem help?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01
    Yes it is normal. It is part of the growing process. Turtles do not molt their skins all at once, as snakes do, but continuously, in small pieces. When kept in aquaria, small sheets of dead skin can be seen in the water (often appearing to be a thin piece of plastic) having been sloughed off when the animal deliberately rubs itself against a piece of wood or stone.

    OK? So don't worry. enjoy
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isiah - 2011-05-28
Mine is doing fine.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-28
    That's good.
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Judy - 2011-02-18
I just bought an african sideneck turtle, I have a 30Lx12x12 tank, and I have 2 of my old pleco algae eater fish in there from my old tank (so far the turtle hasn't bothered them too much).

My main question, is how long does it take a new sideneck to go up and bask? Right now it spends most of its day hidden under the basking dock with the two plecos.

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  • Lyndee Holyoak - 2011-05-28
    Your turtle will want to get used to its new home before going up to bask. It may take a while.
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brandon - 2011-03-11
Hey I have a asn turtle and he will not bask it's like he is scared to go up toward the light can anybody give me some advice I don't want to see anything happen to him I had him a little over a week and how can I tell the sex of the turtle email if you got some advice for me thanks.

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  • Lyndee Holyoak - 2011-05-27
    Hey! I haven't gotten my turtle yet, but I've been doing some research and I'm pretty sure I know what's wrong. He's probably just getting used to the new enviornment. Try putting 1-2 teaspoons of dark leafy green vegetables like kale or collard greens in a separate dish on the basking area. This should lure him up there. Also, if the basking light is pointing directly at the slope were the turtle comes up, you may want to consider moving it so that it does not hurt the turtles eyes as it is coming up. To tell what sex the turtle is, check the tail. If a turtle has a longer tail, it is a boy. If it has a shorter tail, it is a girl. Hope this helps!
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linda graham - 2010-03-16
Hi my turtle is not eating at all just got him . i got it in las vegas on saturday. I live in CA so he had a 10 hr trip .can someone help me? thank you

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-03-16
    Hi Linda, Id give him a little more time to become accustomed to his new home. It is not unusual for many types of animals to not eat when they are moved (stressed). This is especially true of reptiles and amphibians. If he is not eating after a couple of weeks, I would try varying types of foods including pellets, grasshoppers, and mealworms.
  • Anonymous - 2011-03-11
    Hey I have a asn turtle and he will not bask it's like he is scared to go up toward the light can anybody give me some advice I don't want to see anything happen to him I had him a little over a week and how can I tell the sex of the turtle email if you got some advice for me thanks.brandon_miller_2010@yahoo.com
  • Cameron - 2011-04-13
    Male African Side-Necked Turtles have sorta like a ramp on there stuff there bellies go in from the chest. Females on the other hand have just flat stomachs...I hope this helps.
  • Lyndee Holyoak - 2011-05-27
    First, try to let him get used to his new home. There's a pamphlet all about sidenecked turtles at a local Petsmart. Read that and you should be able to figure out what's wrong.
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cynthia - 2010-01-17
I have a turtle. She was great but now she doesn't eat at all. She used to eat but not anymore! Now the only think she'll eat is worms and crickets instead of the turtle food that you buy.

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  • Barbara - 2011-01-15
    Hi Cynthia. I wrote a reply a little while ago, but either it was too long or perhaps I don't know how to click the "submit" button. :)

    I have an African mud turtle. I've had her for 10 years now, which puts her probably around 25 years old. In the 10 years I've had her, I have learned that she has periods where she just doesn't eat. She sleeps almost constantly, only coming out once in a while, mostly at night, to take sluggish gulps of air. As she reached her full size (now she puts on maybe a mm or 2 per year), this sleeping period happened less and less - lasts shorter durations, and isn't so dramatic. Now when it happens, she mostly sleeps, but will eat every few days. Then there are times when she'll never stop eating. She's always on the prowl for food.

    Ruby hasn't eaten turtle pellets in years. I tried giving her some aquatic turtle food. She took a bite and spit it out. :) To be sure she always has a supply of SOMETHING to eat, I keep the following critters in her tank: live bearing fish (right now she's got guppies in with her, but I've had platys, mollies, and swordtails), ghost shrimp, and snails. Once in a while I'll toss in a couple of crabs (rock or fiddler are the most common), but they can be expensive. She also likes to eat the bulbs of water lilies and the fat roots of aquarium banana plants. I've never seen her eat any other vegetation. The other live food she likes are super worms. I tend to keep some in a tupperware container with flukers cubes and oatmeal, peanuts, or fresh veggies to snack on and make for a healthy meal for Ruby. In the freezer I have frozen cocktail shrimp, frozen smelt, and bloodworm cubes. The point is, Ruby takes a wide variety of foods, and if she starts snubbing one, I'll switch to another. Chances are she needs something that she isn't getting from whatever she's currently eating.

    Good luck with your turtle. They are wonderful animals, and with care you'll have yours for decades. :) I'm looking forward to 20 more years with Ruby!
  • Austin Overholser - 2011-04-19
    My african sideneck will not eat either. My red eared slider will though. I was also wondering if you could help me with the amount of water in the tank and how much dry space.
  • Lyndee Holyoak - 2011-05-27
    She might want a little more variety. Try getting a different type of store bought food and see how she does. Its either that or she's sick,but if she's eating her live foods, then that's probably not the case.
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shannon - 2011-04-18
I have two red ear slider turtles they are both females and I just got an african side-necked turtle. They don't fight they all like it in their pool but I don't know how to tell if my african side-necked turtle is a female or male. I know how to tell with my red ear slider turtles.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-19
    The attached article talks about a ramp on the male. Click on it and see if you can tell via the description. It is definitely easier when youhave one of each.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-22
    There is a blue large pring link attached to this writing which says AFRICAN SIDE NECK.
    Just click on it and it will take you to the article. OK. You have to have the turtle to be able to understand the way you can tell the gals from the guys.
  • shannon - 2011-04-21
    What attached article and where do I find it?
  • Kyle Bolf - 2011-05-11
    Look at the bottom of the shell, if its concave its a male if its flat its a female.
  • Lyndee Holyoak - 2011-05-27
    You can tell by the size of it's tail. A turtle with a shorter tail is a female, and a turtle with a longer tail is a male. Hope that helps!
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