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Anonumus - 2010-09-09
I have an african side-neck turtle at home and I have been finding green and white little shavings of something in her tank it appeared to be soft but I'm not sure. A days back I saw that she had eaten the snail that was in her tank to clean (not the shell). Is that her pooping it out? I will tell you some more information about her habitat if that may be causing this: rocks are blue, eats turtle food (green little cylinders)and goldfish, I don't have to pick up poop that is in her tank any more and maybe its because we bought a stronger filter that may be sucking it up before I see it. Please respond!

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  • carlie - 2010-12-19
    The green and white shavings could be the skin shedding and I guarantee she is eating her poop they do that...the rocks are not a good idea we don't have rocks in ours cause he might eat them and cause digestive problems (get stuck) you need to go to home depot and buy a tub for $3 and play sand for $3 also... they live in shallow pools of mud in africa the mud will help exfoliate the flaky skin and clean your turtle.. I say go to home depot because all other play sand contains silica which is a no no.. cancer causing if you or the turtle breathe in the dust... so home depots brand is awesome no silica.. you can make mud in the tub and watch her dig and play its so cool to watch... yay happy turtle... side necks are awesomely smart and escape artists too so watch her in that muddy tub! Cheers I hope that helps I'm not a vet but I'm pretty good with turtles soo yay free advice!
  • Barbara - 2011-01-08
    What you are seeing is absolutely her skin. Clean it out, or else get some nice bottom feeders, crabs, or shrimp to help clean. Be aware the crabs and shrimp will be prime targets for your turtle, though, so don't get attached to them. :) These turtles also love snails. In the wild, snails are one of their main staples. Listen at night for your hunting turtle - you'll hear her cracking the snail shells and getting the goody inside. I also recommend keeping guppies, mollies, or platys in your tank with her. These are live-bearing fish, and provide a constant source of midnight snacking. For whatever reason (probably an evolutionary response to light penetration in their natural waters), these turtles will spot yellow fish much easier than other colored fish, so try and keep from picking fish in the bright yellow, orange, and red spectrum - you'll likely lose them before they get a chance to breed! I've been keeping guppies most recently, because my turtle demolishes the larger Mollies before they can ever establish a darn population!
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rob - 2010-12-09
How long should I leave the uvb light on per day?

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  • Josh - 2010-12-29
    On during the day, off at night. Just like it would be if they were living in the wild.
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andi - 2010-12-27
Hey... I have had my side neck since sept. 2010...he was fine in the beginning but now since we got a red eared slider in with him they both keep trying to escape out of the tank... they get along great but I'm concerned... I found him this morning flipped over on the filter cover with the plastic side cover popped out I nearly had a heart attack...help me!

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Rachealle - 2010-12-19
Hello, I have an African Sideneck Turtle at home and I got her 4 months ago they say they think she is 3 or 4 years old. I am not sure if she is just growing because her shell and skin is peeling. She now appears to have white spots on her head. On top of all that she makes noises it sounds like a dog crying. She might be like looking for a mate but I wouldn't know. Please if you know respond! Thank you

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jone - 2010-12-05
I wonder how to take care of turtles properly?

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Ai Wei Ong - 2009-02-01
I bought four six-cm baby pig-nosed turtles for my son. As for the difference in tail length which is supposed to determine the sex of the turtles, the differnce is so negligible. At six cm how old are these turtles, I wonder. Although it may possibly take 25 years, we hope to breed them.

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  • Kayla - 2010-11-30
    I LIKE TURTLES! I'm 10 =P
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Andrew Underwood - 2010-11-20
I've had mine for 9 months! She doesn't show a single sign of infection nor any other stress related illness. In fact I think she actually enjoys getting free range of the house every day, an infra red heated, 5 ft diameter swimming pool at night. And all the super worms, crickets and berries she can eat.

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shepard - 2010-03-18
Not a lot of information on the care and why they will not eat at certain times of the year or where to find books and information on care of the turtles.


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For care on turtles you can check out the following page: About Turtles and Tortoises: Selecting & Caring for Your Turtle or Tortoise

If you have a semi-aquatic turtle, like a box turtle check out this page: Guide to Box Turtle Care

If you are looking for books, check out the Reptile References. It has tons of good books (over 100 books alone!) used as references by us: Animal World References - Reptiles-Amphibians-Land Invertebrates

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  • anzanette - 2010-11-19
    I need to know what does it mean when the african sideneck shell has spots of whites on its shell?
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abe - 2010-02-15
Regarding: Trying to climb out of tank.

Torts and semi terrestrial turts need a visual barrier when housed in tanks... they do not know there is glass in their way.

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  • Daisy - 2010-05-20
    Would you please tell me how you feed your turtle and what kind of environment you provide for it? Appreciate!
  • reverend jackie - 2010-11-07
    I've found this to be true. I put small live potted plants around the inside, and they stopped.One quick question for anyone....How big do these guys get? I'v had one described by a friend as ä palm and a half in size? Would that sound like a young one to you or full grown?
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lacey - 2010-10-20
My turtle is a male and we give him his water bowl but for the past couple days he just sleeps in it almost all the time is this normal or should I worry?

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