West African Mud Turtle Care Sheet Archived Comments

Hi I am also a owner of 2 african mud turtles over the year I have had them they dont really bask.if at all and I have never had a problem with shell rot and they actually take a while to get adapt to you and their environment
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 21, 2019 01:12 PM


We currently purchased an African Sideneck turtle. He appears healthy and is eating and swimming just fine but we do not see him basking much at all. I’ve read countless articles online and the majority of them say they do bask and only a few indicate that they are shy baskers and stay under the water more. I don’t know what to think. So we had a floating turtle dock and then I decided to add a more sturdy solid turtle dock out of rocks that are layered that he can easily climb up onto and swim down from but we don’t see him using it. We have all of the required temperatures in regards to the tank, water and basking area correct according to our thermometers. He is very active and always wants to eat and comes to us any time we are near the tank.

Any other suggestions or will this turtle not be much of a basker? I keep worrying about shell rot.

Posted by Anonymous, Jan 18, 2018 10:12 AM