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    Species: Pink Belly Side-necked Turtle

Wholesale Tropicals: A Cave of Wonders in London

28 September 2020

Wholesale Tropicals is one of the best known tropical fish shops in Central London, and especially popular among those aquarists after rare or unusual species.

It is best described as an Aladdin's Cave, the modest frontage doesn't come close to suggesting the huge variety of livestock on offer, from tiny dwarf rasboras through to jumbo-sized South American catfish.

Wholesale tropicals have some wonderful turtles in stock, including the wonderfully marked Pink Belly Turtle. Turtles generally enjoy sufficient “hiding” spaces underwater. The presence of plants, logs, and other aquarium designs are most welcome. They are most happy when there is sufficient space to prevent them from getting stuck. It is worth noting, adjusting the placement as they grow is recommended to provide sufficient underwater hiding space.

Pink Belly Side-necked Turtle

Originally found in Papua New Guinea and Australia, this turtle's scientific name is Emydura subglobosa.

This species typically has a red-pink belly with a grey shell and a breastplate of grey-coral pink. There are two yellow stripes on the neck with heads typically colored green and grey.

Usually hatching at 1.25 inches in length, the species can grow up to 10 inches after a decade. Distinguishing the sexes can be done when the turtle is roughly 5 inches in length – males typically have thicker tails while females have shorter and slighter tails. The curved lower jaw even gives this turtle a permanent smile.

They are considered favourites in the turtle world because of their beautiful shell and their even temperament. The Pink Belly Sideneck Turtle is known for its ability to adapt with other turtle species. However, they are averse to both Snap Turtles and Large Musk Turtles. It is estimated that the breed can live up to 50 years.

If you would like to see a care sheet, please click: HERE

Location and Contact Details

Wholesale Tropicals is at 220 Bethnal Green Road. As with any Central London location, it's probably easiest to get to by public transport. Bus routes 8 and 388 stop very nearby (look out for the Post Office) while the Central Line tube station is a 5-10 minutes walk to the east. For more information about the store;

Wholesale Tropicals Website:
Wholesale Tropicals email: WholesaleTropicals


With many feeling uneasy regarding the headlines dominating the news, we want to assure all our valued customers that here at Wholesale Tropicals are doing everything we can to minimise the risks and taking as many precautions as we can to ensure we are playing our part in keeping both staff and customers safe.

We are taking extra measures and upping our cleaning schedule by wiping down all surfaces every hour that are touched by customers and staff across the shop we also have hand sanitiser for our customers.

We are changing our opening hours until further notice, our new hours will be as follows:

Mon – Closed
Tue – 10:30 – 5:00
Wed – 10:30 – 5:00
Thus – 10:30 – 2:00
Fri – 10:30 – 5:00
Sat – 10:30 – 5:00
Sun – 10:30 – 2:00

We believe the shop is as safe and protected as it can be and we will stay open for as long as we are allowed to or until we run out of stock.

Kind regards and keep safe,

The Wholesale Tropicals Team

N.B. As always, the availability of species varies over time, so it's a good idea to call the store before making a long journey.