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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Kimberly - 2012-05-01
I have now an African Side-necked Turtle and his name is Butters. Butters has been with me for about 3 weeks now and at first he was very shy. After setting the tank and putting in piled rocks he dived right into the water. It took him about a week to really get comfortable with his surroundings. I added plants for him to nibble on. Def. do not want to over feed, it may seem like they're really hungry but they're turtles, in general if you keep feeding them, they won't stop eating! Now at the 3 weeks mark, Butters let my boyfriend and I both touch his head while he's in the water but not on the dry bridge! We even feed him by hand with pellets. As long as we approach him softly and not run up to the tank he won't swim behind the rocks and hide. Very curious and active turtles and I love them! Especially when he pokes his head up right up against the tank to take a breath and stares at me for a bit! Cutest ever!


guillermo - 2012-03-14
I like turtles so much I want a pond of turtles.

mary - 2012-03-08
Do I leave his lights on all the time or how do the lighting go for african sideneck turtles?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-10
    I would get a lighting system with quality spectrum lights on a timer and at night have moonlights turn on.
Anonymous - 2012-02-04
I have had a african side neck for about 6 months and it has always been very placid and just used to keep to itself. I have another turtle in with it also. Over the past few days it has started to be very aggressive and goes for the other turtle and also went for me. It also attacks the side of the tank as people walk past. Does any
one know why this is and what I can do about it? Thanks

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  • Cely - 2012-02-06
    When my ASNT attacks the side of her tank, I ussually let her out to walk around my living room. Then she will explore all the corners of the room and fall asleep. Maybe she is tired of been inside the tank all day.
Erick - 2011-08-28
I bought an African side neck Turtle about a week ago. My son tried to play with it and it has been hiding since. I have it in a good size pond in the front of my home. I was wondering will it take off or will it stay around the water. How long does it take for them to climate themselves?

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  • Ron - 2011-08-30
    i paid 40 bucks for mine to put him in a tank and to keep long as i can.. not a pond so it can run off
  • floyd - 2011-09-17
    i ve been having my asneck for two years ,and i notice that after beening in the water for a week or two they like to stay dry about the same amount of time,you can put them right back in the water they will quick so make sure that your yard has no way out ,they are good climbers to so make sure if you block off a part that you might think they will get out make sure its with something straight and very tall.
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Rita Malone - 2012-01-09
i was just given african sideneck turtle and i was told that it was endangered because it has two this true

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  • veela - 2012-01-24
    As far as I know, Side-necks are not endangered and have only one spine.
Bella Forster - 2011-07-16
I currently have an african side necked turtle. I was out looking at musk turtles today and wondered if they could be kept together? My ASN is around 5 years old I think. It is about 27cm long. I've had it around 8 months my friend gave it to me as she could no longer care for it. It is unknown if it is male or female. Please could you help as I have read lots of different views and I'm getting confused with all the different information.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-19
    If it worked for the pople that the two different turtles got along - then it worked and you have that opinion. If it didn't work then you have that opinion. It may or may not work for a variety of reasons. There is no reason that it shouldn't but you don't have to have them on top of each other either. You watch them, give them each their own safe place etc. Two different dogs or children may or may not get along. You just take the situation and act accordingly.
  • Barb - 2012-01-13
    You could put different species but I would be very careful! All turtles and tortoises carry different bugs. These bugs won't hurt the carrier however they can kill other species. I wanted to put an African pancake tortoise with a Russian tortoise and my reptile savy vet advised me against it. Also side neck turtles are know to be slightly agressive to the same sex. Good luck:)
gary simpson - 2011-11-19
how do you tell weather or not this African sideneck is A male or female?

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  • Sherry - 2012-01-03
    I just bought one, you can tell by their claws, the males are much bigger and the bottom of the males shell has a little curve down by the tail, the females are straight.
sylvia - 2011-09-29
I was looking to post a question about asn turtles. We took one about 2 yrs old from a neighbor. He was doing great but now his eye looks a bit swollen or he keeps the lid closed. Pet shop says it is due to water quality. We clean tank each week. I bought test strips but can't find info on what ph, nitrite, nitrate, gh (general hardness) and kh (carbonate hardness) should be? any help?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-29
    Article on Animal World African Side Neck which covers a little bit on eye problems. Scroll down the article and look at Ailments and Health problems and you will see eye problems there. It also says they are very tolerant of water conditions. I would think if you can drink the water - it should be safe for him. Possibly stress of move.
  • Ron - 2011-10-05
    most likely needs more vitamin A and also would help would be vitamin a eye drops
  • WIll - 2011-11-21
    1) Go to the pet store or wal-mart and get a pump for the tank ( it will help a lot, so you will only have to clean it every two months), it does not have to be expensive just go buy some affordable.
    2) Buy 'Top Fin' at a pet store or wal-mart; all you have to do is get this and put it in tap water so the turtle can breathe a little better (Two drops for every gallon).
    3) Take him outside, let him run around while watching (He can runaway before you know it).
    4) If he starts to stink up the place, it maybe that theres some left over food in there or he pooped.
    5) If he stinks real bad, take the tank and him outside and leave it there (It will take a while for the smell to get out of the house).
    6) If you have a dog, make sure that you keep the dog away.
    7) Clean the tank if needed.
    8) Don't worry about leaving him outside, he'll be fine (unless it is really cold or hot)
    9) Don't ask the pet shop, they will make up something for you to buy stuff that you don't need.
    10) Wash you hands real good after you have touch the turtle or anything that might have touched it and the tank.
    11) Clean the tank with ONLY hot or cold water( hot water is the best), don't put dawn or bleach in the tank.

    If you listen to me, the turtle might get better in three weeks or so.
    Don't forget to fed him, if you don't he'll start scratching on the tank and might fall on its back.

    Note: This type turtle loves to dig, and loves caves; get something flat (not too big or small) and put it in there( like a CD case or something), make sure that it's not dangerous.
becki - 2008-07-07
Hey I just got this african turtle from my friends sister cause she couldnt take good care of it. It has become swollen and he doesnt move alot. When I first got him he ate the aquatic balls for turtles then he stopped eating them. I have seen him eat a fish now and then but only rarely. Now I'm just scared because i think i might be killing my turtle and dont even know it.

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  • Tommy - 2011-09-03
    First of all your turtle is getting proper lighting, if the poor turtle doesn't have proper lighting which is the basking lamp,and that's prolly all it needs, because some owner say u need two different type of lighting , but it's all B.s, basking lamp is all you need which acts like the sun just like in the wild, and you must be cofused if it's a him or her because you say her first then him hahah, I feel bad for the turtle. I have two african sideneck and they are happy in my 29 gallon tank with a basking lamp, gravels, and a 90gph filter! And some fake plants and basking area! And they eat all day! So your doing something wrong foo!
  • joe - 2011-09-03
    If it's a male u would know by its thick fat long tale a females is like maybe a half inch...but your turtle maybe getting 2 fat. I would cut back on feeding it some....they will pig out as long as your feeding it....far as a heat lamp is true it does put out heat like the sun but with no uvb which is the 2nd lighting the guy is talking 2 u about...with mud turtles they like to stay hidden n the water at least the females does...the males like to bask...the heat helps with there food....uvb gives them energy but really no need since they like to dwell n the water all day....if your water is 2 cold that might b why the turtle isn't active
  • joe - 2011-09-03
    warm up the water about 75-80 degrees n c if it will eat then if so i would get a water heater 4 it..hope this helps i would hate for your turtle 2b sick
  • CD - 2011-10-28
    Under water the asn swells up to conserve air...I think its the water temp because once you hit the sweet spot it will be very active looking for food. The asn are 'foodies' so you have to fight the guilt to give them whatever they want. They are also a bit shy so it takes repetitive interaction outside the tank for them to find interest in you and not run. I have a funny guy who is playful until he is done then he runs from me. They are not easy to care for but it's worth the investment in time and energy. They are funny little critters when they want to be. Mine now allows hand feeding but it takes trust. He does every so often try to get me instead of the food but not a serious bite just a hey I gotcha.