Animal Stories - African Side-necked Turtle

Animal-World Information about: African Side-necked Turtle

   With a naturally upturned "smile" and a pug nose, the African Side-necked Turtle has a great face!
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themadfarm - 2011-06-17
I have a african side necked turtle and he has stop eating and I worry. If you can help please let me know? I don't know how old he is. It is a male.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-17
    I truly have no idea, however, maybe you could start with something easy like trying a new food, or treats. Article here in Animal World gives suggestions on foods. These are hardy fellas so try new foods first, removing all old foods.
  • marilyn - 2011-06-23
    Well I tried that and he still isn't eating so the vet said sound like worms but I don't know how much to tell the vet to give him.
  • cincy311fan - 2011-07-11
    It could be the temperature in the tank. It could be going into what is like a sleep mode that most turtles kinda do when winter is here and you dont have heat lamps on them. Kinda keeping your tank at a normal season cycle. I hope that makes sence. How is your turtle doing now? What diet do you have it on. That could have something to do with it too or if the habitat has changed and you have moved it to a new tank or put another animal in the enclosure.
  • erin - 2011-07-22
    Something I learned from my research is possibly holding a dead fish in front of them or something so then they don't gotta chase it but usually if they don't eat then they aren't healthy. Maybe something is wrong with the water or something?
  • Tannis-Lee Harrison - 2012-05-29
    Temperature. Had the same problem. Would NOT eat. Now will eat and is active but only worms (built a worm farm) and only in the tank not outside. Raise the temp to 82
gidget Perez - 2012-05-11
What type of fish if any is the best to put into a tank with my African Sideneck Turtle ? If they are able to co-habitat what is the best number to get of fish.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-11
    How large is the turtle?
lara - 2012-05-01
Hey i have a baby female red eared slider in a farely large tank but i cant remmember how many gallons and i have plants,rocks,and land for it. i was wondering if it would be ok to put in a bit larger african sideneck in the same tank with her i think its a male. The RES is very friendly and she has shared a tank with another RES, but im a bit worried about the ASN. it would be very nice if someone could help me cause a friend is giving the ASN to me because she says its to much work and i cant really say no. So please tell m if i should or should not put in in the same tank, thank you:0)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-01
    Really depends on it's personality. If it is a 'friendly' turtle it should be just fine.
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:)