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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tina - 2010-05-18
My african sideneck has something wrong with its shell. Its cracking and has white rings on it. Help how do I treat?

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  • Kurt - 2010-08-08
    I would suggest that you go to a petsmart or another pet store and ask the fish and reptile department what to do...they would know. But do not allow the turtle to remain in that condition without treating it.
Kinzie - 2010-04-26
I am adopting a couple turtles from a friend due to her moving. She has no where else to put them and I have experience with reptiles, just not really turtles. We have a 55 gallon....can I just fill it with hose water? How warm does the water need to be? How well does it need to be filtered? The water is WELL water, so is that a problem? I appreciate any insight, these little guys deserve the perfect home!

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  • jacob - 2010-05-03
    Hello, first of all turtles are super easy to take care of. The only requirements is that they have a place to get out and be dry and warm, 70 degrees is a good temp, they can be in colder but they will be more active with med warm temp. Well water should be fine, turtles aren't sensitive like fish are, they could live in mucky still water. However you can get a chlorine reducer additive for the water if you want. Since turtles can leave dirty messes I found that clams from freshwater rivers clean the heck out of the bottom of your tank and eventually a tasty meal for the turtle.
debbie - 2010-02-11
Hi cynthia, just about your turtles not basking. Are you sure you have a heat lamp in the tank because mine did the same and it turned out I was fobbed off with an ordinary bulb instead of a heat bulb and they were burying themselves for heat. Also they may do it, I have heard, if it is to warm to keep cool. Enjoy them though, I love mine. Fantastic and very amusing to watch.

rose - 2009-09-13
I got my 2 turtles for my b-day 3 weeks ago. They're aweswome - now they don't eat or play with me - they just burrow under the gravel. Looks like they have a little pink in neck area and one almost looks like some of the brown skin is peeled off in a spot or two, couple spots on the turtles face and neck -if anyone has any guesses or logic.

middo666 - 2008-10-27
Hello, my names Middo. I've got a female east african side neck and she's great. I got her from a pet shop by my house where she was brought in because the owner was mis-treating her. She was fully grown when I got her and in quite bad shape. She was starved, dehydrated and her nails had all broke :(. She is fine now. I feed her on live hoppers and mealworms mostly. I have her in a tank with a 12 month old female musk turle who is also a very good turle. I have pictures of them both on my myspace page

Holly Costello - 2008-03-13
I purchased a side neck turtle about six months ago, Nitro is her name! I must say, she is the best pet for someone who travels and she is so docile. I feed her by hand and she often falls asleep on me while watching TV. I have handled her a lot and not one time has she ever snapped or acted aggressively in any way. She just wants her neck scratched all the time. As a matter of fact, I put some small fish in her tank to supplement her diet and now they are her buddies.

Holly - 2008-02-01
Hello, my name is Holly and I want to say that I just got an East Side-neck Turtle and he is so cute. I love these turtles, they are so cool too have and they are so very hardy. I really did some studying on this turtle and I understood all of the things that this turtle needs. And then I have decided to get one and I am glad I did. THANK YOU.