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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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shiela - 2010-08-07
I have seen a turtle snake here in our place. We are having our bonding time at pizza parlor with my family when turtle snake just came out in the area of entrance door. One of pizza house crew suddenly grab it and wanted to put it in a cellophane (sando bag) but he was suddenly bite by it a little wound he encounter..then I was wonder if it is okay for his health or he may need some professional assistant if possible? Could anyone answer please...

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  • Raul Supiter - 2010-10-10
    Good day. Actually I am also asking if turtle snake is venomous because a turtle snake was given to my wife as a pet but she is worried if it is venomous as it is being called turtle snake. If so, it is dangerous for our kids and to our household. If there is any clarification given to me I would be very glad. Thanks!
  • Noelle - 2014-06-06
    As said above, these animals are best left in the tank to observe and enjoy looking at them. NOT to be handled a lot. They are a nervous species and if they get too stressed their immune systems will lower and they could get sick. It is not always easy to recover an exotic animal when it gets sick so it is best that you take care of them well to prevent it in the first place. Please provide your turtles with all they need, places to hide, correct diet, basking light and frequent cleaning of water (more information above), in order to prolong the life of your turtle, and the enjoyment of your family. They can be a lot of work but very interesting to have.
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Wendy Hall - 2014-06-02
I just acquired 2 red-eared sliders from a friend who had them in an aquarium at his home.  I have had them at my home in their own pond now for 2 weeks,  they seem to be adapting well.  Today I came home to find one of them laying upside down, but not like she fell that way, in a flat area, upside down.  Is this a sign of sickness and what can I do?  I turned her right side up and will continue to observe for now.

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  • Emma - 2014-06-03
    Take him to a vet.
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Chris - 2014-06-02
I was fishing the Fox River in Illinois by one of the dams. I had my 2 daughters with me and I cast my pole in the water with a worm and bobber, set the pole up to rest on a rock, ran over to my kids that were in this gazebo by the river, looked at them then looked out at some other fishermen, then look down and just like that I caught a MALE spiny (found out after much research) but he was a good ways out of the water. My Girls loved him right away so I brought him home and added him to our 55 gallon corner tank that I have with a Large mouth Bass and a Green Sun fish that's the size of an adult had and they get along great, only thing I need to do is switch out the gravel bedding and put sand. My kids and the spiny are very happy. Very cool animal to watch swimming around.

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mtg - 2012-01-08
I clean the turtle tank once a week but that does not even seem enough. Is there something particular about African side-neck turtles that requires more cleaning than usual of their tanks? (Nasty smell)!

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  • veela - 2012-01-24
    Like most water turtles, Side-necks are very messy. They require a minimum 55 gallon tank for a small male and a strong canister-type filter: one that filters at least twice the size of the tank. For instance, if you have a 100 gallon tank, you'll need a minimum 200 gallon filter. You'll also need weekly partial water changes. Feeding the turtle in a separate container helps keep the water clean, too. I know this sounds like a lot but you'll be rewarded with a sparkling tank and a happy, healthy turtle.
  • Raven - 2012-01-27
    TurtleClean is a bioactive liquid that will break down watse in the water while the filter removes the large/small impurities in the tank. Weekly cleaning is a must no matter what though
  • Vicki - 2014-05-31
    So you take your turtle out of the tank and put it where to feed it? And how often do they eat? Thanks kind of new at this.
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Joshua - 2014-01-14
So, I got a Sideneck about two months ago, and he (I'm assuming it's a he, I have no guarantee) shares a tank with a Yellow Slider. He usually just hides under the basking platform and eats very little. I've tried varying the water temperatures, different foods, all sorts of things. He is incredibly inactive, and how little he is eating is worrying me. He doesn't mind being handled, and will even let me pet his neck while I'm holding him. Any help would be welcome

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    It could be the time of year as they may hibernate or become inactive during the cooler months.
  • Vicki - 2014-05-31
    I know I just got one about a week ago and you said exactly what mine is doing just waiting to hear more comments :)
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Israel sapp - 2014-05-25
I was fishing last night in the river and I caught 4 of these turtles from 6 to 9 inches! I still have them, was going to put them in my pond as pets but I wanted to see if they were rare and if so does anyone know who I can send them to? I also caught a baby alligator turtle, just checking what to do with them if they are on the endangered species list?

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