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African Side-Necked Turtles: Pelomedusidae - Physical Characteristics, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Conservation Status, Helmeted Turtle (pelomedusa Subrufa): Species Account - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, AFRICAN SIDE-NECKED TURTLES AND PEOPLE

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HELMETED TURTLE (Pelomedusa subrufa): SPECIES ACCOUNT

African side-necked turtles live in Africa, Madagascar, and the Seychelles Islands, which are northeast of Madagascar.

These turtles often are seen in freshwater lakes and rivers that hold water all year long, but they also are found in temporary freshwater ponds, which lose their water during the dry season. Some side-necked turtles, including those that are called "mud turtles," spend much of their time in soft-bottomed ponds that are filled with water for only a few weeks every year.

African side-neced turtles are unpopular as pets and as food, but people occasionally eat them. One reason for their lack of popularity is their smell. The musk glands are very powerful weapons against predators, including humans. Pet owners who keep African side-necked turtles often find that they are unfriendly and can be aggressive; they will bite at other turtles in the same aquarium and will nip at humans who put their hands too close.

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almost 5 years ago

I TOTALLY DISAGREE AFRICAN-SIDENECK TURTLES ARE NOT AGGRESIVE NOR UNFRIENDLY NOR DO THEY SMELL BAD.TO BE HONEST WITH YOU THESE ARE THE MOST FRIENDLIEST,CALMEST,AND LAIDBACK TURTLES EVER! SO I ADVISE U TO GET SOME OF UR INFORMATION RIGHT BEFORE YOU TRY TO POST IT ON THE WEB OK THANKYOU VERY MUCH):

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almost 5 years ago

Not True. African Side necked turtles are not aggressive or unfriendly. They love people and they are good pets.

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almost 3 years ago

your dumb AND stupid and wrong about everything you basically said. my african side neck isnt agressive AT ALL!!! i got him in a 70 gallon with 11 clown loacches, a pleco, 2 angels and probly 15 other fish that arent the hugest, or even that big. he doesnt bother anyone or anything, my other turtle wud eat the loaches so i got rid of him. these turtles are all G your a 2% for posting false information

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about 4 years ago

i have a african side necked turtle and he is great, i've had him for about 2years now, at first he was very shy but after about 6months he got used to us all, he is not and was never smelly and has never been aggressive to any of us, we always get him out of his tank and watch over him in the back garden and we are always handling him, we love him to pieces, hes been the best pet yet, i would advise anyone thinking about getting a turtle to get one of them!!

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over 4 years ago

no they are gr8 pets. and they do not get to 13 inches long 4 to 6 inches may be SIDENECK TURTLES ARE NOT AGGRESIVE

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almost 5 years ago

i agree they are not agressive at all, i have had turles most of my lyf and have accually never came across any that are more tame, mine even plays with the cat occasionally, i have a north american slider, a aligator snapper, and a side necked,and the least agressive of them is the side necked, but they all live in somewhat harmony with the snapper as the dominant. so look up more reserch these turtles make excelent pets and they dont smell either.

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over 2 years ago

This guy doesn't know turtles from tortoises! My daughter got one for Christmas and in less than 2 months he has gone from shy to responding to human voice and movement. He is easy to handle, NEVER aggressive and my daughter even gets him out and he sleeps in her arms while she's studying or watching TV. It's strange to see a turtle "snuggle" with a human but he does. This guy is very confused. "Zoom" as my daughter has named him is clean, no smell and easy to care for. Eats shrimp and plants. Never bites/snaps, never.

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about 2 years ago

i just got a african side neck trutle and hes very agressive he tries to bite me or anything that gets near him and he stinks.

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about 2 years ago

tezz, the reason your turtle is being aggressive is because it is still acclimating to its new home. Do not handle it until it is comfortable with you and its surroundings. It is also producing the musky smell because it feels threatened.