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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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Jackie - 2011-05-27
My turtle (red-eared) looks like it leaks a red color substance through his shell. Is this common, or should I worry?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-28
    I don't know but there was some information on Red eared turtle ailments and this is that info
    Not many, but shell and skin infections arise from poor nutrition and ear abscesses are occasionally seen in sliders kept in poor quality water with abnormally high levels of bacteria. These injuries can be treated by removing the turtle from the water. The infected area should be dried and an application of Betadine followed by a layer of silvadene cream should be applied. The turtle should be kept warm on a towel in a tub for several hours before it is returned to the water. This should be repeated every day for a week while the area heals.
    If the turtle's water is not clean and aerated the problem will recur quickly. If the turtle is being bullied or too many turtles are kept in a small enclosure, this and other problems will occur until the situation is corrected

    Take him out and look him over very carefully to make sure no cuts, abrasions, scratches etc. OK let us know what happens
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Anonymous - 2011-05-27
I found the Ornate Box Turtle in my front yard it had been hit by a car, so I decided to take it in. I think it's a Boy and I don't think it likes lettuce so I might have to go get some worms wish me luck!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-27
    Western box turtles are omnivores and feed on a huge variety of food in the wild. In captivity, they are especially fond of live food such as earthworms, superworms, redworms, wax worms, crickets, pink mice, and even goldfish.
    In addition to this large variety of live foods, you can offer chopped fruits and vegetables. Finely grated dark green veggies such as lettuces and kale, and fruits such as melons, berries, cantaloupe, are also accepted (though not eagerly) once or twice a week.
    They will eat MAZURI
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Lidia - 2011-05-24
i have 2 red eared slider for about two months now. I change their tank water every 2 weeks but it has a filter. I don't add any type of liquids to clean the water. I place some tablet to keep their shell strong. Lately one of the turtles is always in the water sleeping. It eats but it never moves or goes on the dock to get light. Should I be worried about this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-25
    I don't know that there is anything wrong but I would be concerned if the behavior of one has changed that much. If they both behave the same way, then I can understand. However, you are saying that the behavior of the one is different. Read the article on red Sliders and really look your little guy over to make sure there aren't any marks, sores, scratches etc. It does seem strange and possibly an infection.
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