Live reptiles available only in Petco stores. Selection varies by store. Check your local store for availability.
African Side-Neck Turtles are unable to fully tuck their heads into their shell, instead tucking them in to the side, which is where they get their name. Aquatic turtles are not a pet that is meant to be handled, but they are very active and entertaining to watch. While they are mostly aquatic, these diurnal turtles also enjoy a dry, warm place to climb out and bask under a heat light. A great habitat would be a large aquarium. A filter is recommended to help keep the water clean and you will want to include an assortment of rocks, ramps, docks or other turtle accessories to provide ample space to climb on. A garden or outdoor pond is another common habitat solution for African Side-Neck Turtles. Turtles are social animals and can be kept together as long as you provide enough space in their habitat.
Available for sale in Petco stores.
Native To: Africa
Adult Size: 6-9"
Temperature: 72-90°F; basking 90-95°F
Care Level: Intermediate
Scientific Name: Pelusios subniger
Most Active During: Daytime (diurnal)
Life Span: 25+ years
Eats: Aquatic Turtle diet, dark leafy greens, freeze-dried treats such as shrimp, meal worms, crickets.
African Side-Neck Turtles are unable to fully tuck their heads into their shell, instead tucking them in to the side.
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