African Side-necked Turtle

African Side-necked Turtle
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Scientific Name:  Pelusios castaneus

Identification: The carapace is Oval in shape and broadest behind the center. The carapacial posterior rim is not serrated. The color varies from black, brown, chestnut, olive to caramel. The plastron is yellowish with the plastral outer edges colored in the color of the carapace. Legs, tail and neck are light gray to yellowish colored, becoming dark gray or brownish towards the outer surface.

Range: This species is found in West and middle Africa

Diet: Pelusios castaneus is opportunistic when it comes to food items. Its diet includes fish, amphibians, snails, insects and carrion with some plant matter in the form of seeds, fruit, algae and aquatic plants also consumed. In captivity Pelusios castaneus also feeds on commercial turtle food, trout- and cat chow, various vegetables and turtle-gelatin.

Pelusios castaneus is not an aggressive species. When handled it will not try to bite, instead it can excrete a yellowish, oily and putrid liquid. Specimens that have acclimated to a captive environment rarely use this defense but will urinate in an attempt to scare off a would-be predator. Even longtime captives don’t loose this habit.
This species is imported regularly. CB offspring are not commonly available. Most of the imported turtles end up in pet shops, where they probably end up as "pets" or single specimens in collections.

Of all Pelusios species encountered in the pet trade, Pelusios castaneus is the most numerous species. About 90% of the Pelusios species encountered in captivity are Pelusios castaneus. Since they are inexpensive; they typically receive poor care from the exporting and importing dealers, leading to a higher mortality rate than there should be for so hardy a turtle.

Another reason they aren't commonly available as CB is that people who breed turtles for a living often do not keep them. They are not particularly colorful turtles and there isn't as much profit as there is with more uncommon species.

Active both day and night, Pelusios castaneus can be seen spending much of the daylight hours basking like most species of turtles. Activity seems to increase during dusk when they can be observed wandering the bottom of the water searching for something edible.





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