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jayvee - 2010-05-04
Hi, I'm jan jayvee from pangasinan, philippines. I have four(4) female RES. I got them from the petshops in dagupan. One is unhealthy, I don't know why. Her eyes are always closed. She is about in 1.9 inches. Hope you can say what is her disease. Thank you

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  • Laura - 2010-05-25
    Eye disease in RES turtles can be from respiratory infection or vitamin deficiency. It's important to treat, because a blind turtle will probably not eat. Can you bring her to a vet? If not, try keeping her dry, under a heating light (80-85 degrees F) separate from her tankmates. Just put her in an inch of warm water once or twice a day to eat and poop, and not having to compete with her healthier friends. You can also try putting Vit A drops on her food or even in her eyes. One of my two baby turtles had this months ago and seemed close to death, but a vet disgnosed a resp. infection, and after antibiotic shots he was fine and is now the dominant turtle in the tank!
  • James - 2010-06-13
    Hi jayvee,
    Although I can't tell you what disease she has I can tell you one of mine had the same thing. I express the word HAD very greatly. She is now very healthy and well. All I did was provide the right filter(homemade), lighting, and heat and she became well. Suggest you raise the temperature in the water and the air. In a few weeks she should be all better.
  • motasm - 2010-08-06
    I have the same thing it's from cloromine in the normal water that's why.
  • \'\'cemaj\'\' - 2010-11-12
    She might have oddorenson.
  • Michael - 2011-03-21
    You need turtle eye drop, from pet store.
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Katy - 2010-07-09
My husband found a baby turtle when he was mowing the lawn. We are trying to identify it - I am pretty certain it is a painted turtle, but it could be a cooter. We already have an African Side-Necked Turtle purchased from a pet store. Can I put the baby turtle in with my bigger one?

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  • ali - 2011-01-27
    No you should not because the bigger turtle will pick on the smaller one that is what I got told by a pet store worker I was gonna put my african sideneck turtle in with a painted turtle and they said no the bigger one will pick on the littler one :)
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TAN JOON HOW - 2007-11-24
I've acquired a male chelus fimbriatus about 2 years ago & it's growing well ( approx. 8" carapace now ). I have no problems keeping him as he's quite a hardy turtle. He eats lots of small fish ( up to 4" ) and it never fails to amaze me everytime he eats with their signature "suction" killer style!
I hope to get a female and try breeding in the near future. To everyone out there keeping matamatas, please do share success stories on captive breeding. TQ!

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  • Don Masholie - 2011-01-19
    I have a male Matamata turtle. I have had him almost 3 years now. He loves to eat Bala Sharks. I have seen him devour 8 Bala Sharks in a matter of minutes. I take him to the vet regularly, he had a case of Hook worms, but after 2 worming treatments he was cured from the Hook Worms. I change his water 2-3 times a week.
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Nicole - 2010-11-30
Can you put more information? I need some for my science! It is very important that I get a good grade!

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  • Ralph - 2011-01-03
    They like pickles.
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Jessica - 2011-01-15
Several years ago on a family float trip, we gained another member of the family. I refused to put my soft shell turtle back because I gave it a name. I was about 10 years old. Just this afternoon I looked into Elmo the turtles tank and saw an EGG! I was so shocked, so I started doing more research on the species seeing how hard they are to take care of in captivity. Elmo is around 11 years old, she gets fish and pellets. Her shell did curl up when she was in a smaller tank, but now that she is in a big one she seems to be happy. Just wondering if anyone knows, Since she has never did breed, will she lay the normal amount of eggs or just one every now and then?

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Aisha Kramer - 2011-01-12
Recently, my turtle has been escaping his tank at night because we have no top. Are side-neck turtles nocturnal? Please reply if any reasons may come to mind.

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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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