Musk Turtles (Sternotherus odoratus)
or common musk turtle is one of the smallest turtle’s native to the United
State. Hatching out at one inch or smaller and only growing to be between 2 and
4 ½ inches at adulthood. The common musk
turtle is one of the most popular turtles for sale today. With its plastron
(belly part of shell) being much smaller on average than most other turtles.
The common musk turtles excess fat and skin will fold and stick out of its
shell when it is scared; making it look like one of the cutest turtles you have
ever seen for sale anywhere. They have a brown to blackish carapace (top
shell). In the wild you will find them on the soft bottoms, of shallow creeks,
streams, slow moving rivers, ponds and lakes throughout most of the eastern
United States. From up in New Hampshire, down into Florida, then over into
Texas and up to Illinois. Musk turtles love turtle tanks with low water levels
and plenty of plants in them. They are extremely hardy and strong little
turtles, ok in a community turtle tank with other turtles that spend their days
basking up top, while the eastern musk turtle enjoys its day on the bottom. We
rank the eastern musk turtle as a beginner
turtle. Preferred water temperatures are mid 70s to low 80s Fahrenheit.
Eastern musk turtles do bask from time to time and should be offered a basking
place. Basking temperatures should be kept between the high 80s and mid 90s
Fahrenheit. Eastern musk turtles are mostly carnivorous (meat eaters), the wild
they enjoy eating mainly snails, tadpoles, small fish, crayfish, insects and
insect larvae along with vegetation from time to time. In captivity they love
being feed shrimp turtle pellets, grass shrimp, freeze dried krill, cut up
worms and a little green leafy lettuce. However with that said you must
remember to feed all your turtles a variety
of different foods. Never feed just one type of food on a regular basis.
To learn more about Hatchling Eastern
Musk Turtles or any other item that we have for sale, please Call us toll free at 1-800-517-1809 we
have staff available Monday to Friday from 8am until 5 pm eastern time.
Please Read: All Turtles & Tortoises belong to the reptile family.
Being a reptile you must understand that turtles and tortoises cannot
produce their own body heat, in captivity they must rely on you to produce a
heat source & cool source so they can regulate their body temperature. We
ship all of our turtles and tortoises via UPS. You must understand how
important it is for you to add a heat pack or cool pack to your order so your
reptile can stay warm or cool during its trip to you. When your order leaves
our facility it is driven to the UPS airport where it is loaded on to the plane.
This is where the warm pack and cool pack play a very important role in the
health of your new friend. UPS has its
main world port hub in Louisville Kentucky and all packages must go through
that hub first before it is moved to the plane that will bring it to your
state, however your package may be in the elements for several hours before
being processed and loaded onto the plane. With the extreme weather that
continues to plague our country we ask that you give great thought to purchasing
one or even two of our heat or cool packs so that your new turtle or tortoise
will arrive to you safe, healthy and most important comfortable. Thank You for
your continued support TurtleShack Team