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Identify turtle

Discussion in 'Water turtles' started by Nicole Smith, Jul 7, 2019.

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  1. Nicole Smith

    Nicole Smith New Member

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    This little guy was given to me and they said it's a red slider. I know this is not a red slider I'm just not sure what type of turtle it is.

    Thank You
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    That looks like an African Sideneck turtle. Most definitely not a slider.
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    African Helmeted Turtle Pelomedusa subrufa.
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    Thank you what do they eat? They have been feeding her food for red sliders. I have Sulcata Tortoises so this is my first turtle and want to make sure I give her the best care.
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    African helmeted turtles are omnivorous, although they probably lean towards the carnivorous side. Make sure you include commercial turtle pellets in her diet. Depending on what they were feeding her before, you may be able to continue with the same food.
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    I did some further reading on African helmeted turtles. They're predominantly carnivorous. They're supposed to be fairly hardy and make good starter turtles. Don't plan on getting her any tankmates.

    For a North American "equivalent," think mud turtles, although African helmeted turtles are probably better swimmers.
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    Cool looking turtle! [emoji2]
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 10 Year Member!

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    Neat looking turtle, enjoy!
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