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West African Side Necked Turtle

$49.95 - $129.00
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Product Description

The West African Side-Necked Turtle (Pelusios castaneus), is found in the lakes, rivers and marshes of West Africa from Senegal and Nigeria to the Congo and Zaire. Just like it's cousin, the African Helmeted Turtle, the West African Side-Necked Turtle belongs to the most ancient of all living turtles, having first appeared 120 million years ago.

Another very adaptable and resourceful species, West African Side-Necked Turtles survive both floods and extreme droughts. They are opportunistic feeders taking both animal and plant foods. Ours love pellets, cut fish, meat and just about anything we offer them. They like to bask and will make use of any land provided for them.

This species is a fine one for keepers just starting out - or as pets. Just like African Helmeted Turtles, they are very personable, tame quickly, and learn to recognize their keepers before long. They are at home in fully or semi - aquatic set ups and are very hearty. West African Side-Necked Turtles reach only five to six inches after several years and are quite durable. Smaller tanks are fine for them, and yet adults do very well in warmer outdoor ponds. They do very well by themselves, in groups and with other very durable species. West African Side-NeckedTurtles quickly settle into new homes, are very outgoing, and are one of the best choices for a first turtle.

Other Details

Common Name:
West African Side Necked Turtle
Scientific Name:
Pelusious castaneus
Turtle Category:
African Water Turtles
Restricted States:

Warranty Information

We offer a 7 day health guarantee on our captive bred animals only provided all conditions are met as listed in our Terms and Conditions page.


  • 5
    West African Side-Necked turtle

    Posted by Chuck on Apr 7th 2024

    This beautiful turtle arrived in perfect condition. He is healthy and ate pellets right away. It makes no difference if your turtle cost $100 or $1,000 dollars, he’ll be packed and shipped with the utmost care and expertise. Every turtle I’ve ever purchased from The Turtle Source has arrived healthy and has done well over years and years. There are less expensive places to purchase turtles online, but it’s a perfect example of you get what you pay for. If you want a healthy turtle and advice any time you need it, this is the place to purchase your turtle.

  • 5
    They are super active and so adorable

    Posted by Kim barnes on Mar 25th 2023

    I just love them both so much, they are super adorable and active

  • 5
    West African Side Necked Turtle

    Posted by Amanda V on Jan 19th 2023

    Absolutely awesome experience from the beginning. Before ordering online, I did have a few questions that customer service answered informatively and professionally. Online check out was quick and easy. And sure enough, our 2 hatchlings arrived well and healthy 8 o'clock the next morning!! They are thriving and enjoying their new home. If you are looking for a great experience from beginning to end, this is the place. Highly recommended!

  • 5
    West African side neck

    Posted by JW on Mar 24th 2022

    Arrived safe and sound and healthy. Wonderful personality.

  • 5
    African Helmeted Turtle

    Posted by JW on Mar 24th 2022

    Arrived safe and sound and in perfect health. Only problem is it has escaped my aquarium and yet to be found. Second in 48 hours. My fault as I underestimated its resolve, we’ll find it

  • 5
    Healthy and cute little baby

    Posted by Unknown on Aug 29th 2021

    I received my side neck west Africa sweetie for a few days. The little guy is very healthy and started eating the second day. Very happy with the purchase! Thanks to Maria for helping me out as well!

  • 5
    west african side necked turtle

    Posted by kathy l on Aug 11th 2021

    my turtle arrived here safe and healthy ate the first day best place to get a turtle thank you turtle source =)