Animal Stories - African Side-necked Turtle


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   With a naturally upturned "smile" and a pug nose, the African Side-necked Turtle has a great face!
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jennifer - 2011-01-07
I have one of these turtles and for the past couple months it has not wanted to eat. I have tried everything and still nothing. I keep its tank heated and it has a very large tank 2 filters and lots of rocks and other things to get up on. I'm not sure what to do can someone please help me? xjenjenx2009@live.com

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  • Amber - 2014-07-29
    My turtle likes fish to catch and likes to be hand fed dried carrots sotry that
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Emily Osborn - 2014-07-27
My turtle, Tuck, has been with me for about nine years. I was forced to remove any out of water basking areas and rocks because he continuously ended up on his back. Somehow he managed to, at one point, flip himself upside down on a rock that was surrounded by water. Why or how is he doing this? (He seems perfectly happy and healthy in a completely aquatic environment.)

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Katie Sharkey - 2013-04-13
I have an African Sideneck Turtle and she is acting like she can't swim and is going to drown? She only seems happy when I have her in a blanket. She is eating though. HELP! :)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    First look at her environment, make sure she has an adequate basking area and the right lighting/heating. If all that is proper, then she may have an internal parasite or other problem and you may want to take her to a veterinarian.
  • Christie - 2014-06-07
    They aren't very good swimmers. You should try to slope your underwater environment so she can easily reach the surface.
  • colleen - 2014-07-11
    I think turtles are so cute
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Kym - 2014-07-08
I have an African Sideneck Turtle, and I have never owned a pet before. I have followed all instructions that I have been given about caring for him as well as cleaning his tank. However, lately I've noticed that there is this mucous-like slime in my filter and I don't know what it's from. Like I said, I'm new at this, so if I may be doing something wrong or if he's sick please let me know so I can make him better.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I'm not sure why there is a mucous-like slime in your filter, but it definitely sounds like your tank needs a good cleaning. Water turtles need a clean tank and a good basking area to prevent them from getting sick. It may just be that you have a dirty tank, but also check your turtle carefully to see if anything is wrong. If mucous slime develops in its nose or mouth, it causes a bubbling out of the nose or wheezing and indicates a serious respiratory problem, in which case you'll want to take it to a vet immediately for treatment.
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Worried in Detroit - 2014-06-24
My African Side-neck turtle's head is peeling--that is to say that the skin on top of her head is peeling and she is spending days at a time on her basking area. When I passed by her tank she fell off the basking area and I am scared that she is sick. I have had her for about two months and she is just a baby. Her tank is about 70 and she seems to like that temperature when she is in there. Any ideas about how I can moisturize her head? Do you know if she is sick and what I can do to make her get better?

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  • African Sideneck Turtles - 2014-06-28
    The first thing is maybe heat your tank a little. Most aquatic turtles including Sidenecks prefer a temperature of 75+. And by peeling do you mean it's actually peeling? If it's just shedding that is pretty normal for a Sideneck. It's a sign of growth if it sheds. I'm not sure about the falling part, but from what I am hearing it sounds like it is just shy and prefers to bask alone. Mine was like that for a while. Hope I helped!
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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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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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TurtleHedgehog - 2013-04-21
We recently bought a turtle from a pet store -- noticed she had a R/I after 4 days, so we took her bought so the pet store so they could pay for all her vet bills which they did. She was at the vet for over a month and the vet also stated she had a Vitamin D problem (when she was returned her skin was peeling). It has been about a month and she is a full grown female African Sideneck. We decided to add more water to her tank b/c she shares it with a RES, but now it looks like she doesn't know how to swim. We added lots of river rocks for her to crawl up on, but appears to have difficulty swimming or floating up for air unlike our RES, who seems to be doing fine. Water temp is 78 degrees (they have a water heater to maintain temperature plus we have an external thermometer for the tank to check daily). Basking Area is about 93 -95 degrees for daytime and about 78 - 80 for nighttime. Please Help! I don't want to have to take her back to a vet after she just went to one so recently. She seems to be scared of us currently, which she wasn't before we took her to the vet.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-04-22
    Is it being picked on by the other turtle?  Is it in an heavy traffic area of the house.  May tak a while for the turtle to come around.  How is it eating?
  • TurtleHedgehog - 2013-04-29
    She is in a low to medium traffic area of our household. She is eating fine but doesn't like to eat the food that floats and refuses to eat in a separate container. It actually makes her more stress it seems. The other turtle is actually following her lead. Before my RES was fine w/ basking w/ us watching her or passing her. And she was fine eating from tongs, but now she isn't like that. I imagine whatever they did at the vet made her really scared of any humans. My Sideneck does bask but only when it's nighttime.
  • Jennifer Lynne Marques - 2013-10-06
    It sounds like what we just went through with ours. I took him to a reptilian vet, who took x-rays. We found out he had the beginning stages of pneumonia. He is on .2ml of Batrol for 10 days. We also had his stool checked and found he had worms and tons of protozoans. He has also been on strongid for the worms. Good luck. It has been a long, expensive, tedious process. He is about 12 and it doing much better now. He is on the second does of batrol. Please note it has to be injected, intramuscually, not swallowed. It also has to be given everyday in opposite legs.
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Karmalet Lundin - 2013-07-10
My african sidenecked turtles nose turned red last week.  What is wrong his it?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-11
    Hmmm, is it possible your turtle rubbed his nose raw on something? Does it look inflamed or infected?  Is there any discharge? Are there signs of redness or infection anywhere else on his body? It sounds to me like he has just irritated his nose somehow. I would keep an eye on it for a few days and see if it looks like it's getting worse. If he has any type of discharge it is most likely a respiratory infection, which can be treated.
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