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 ˝ 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. Anyone of them will be happy to answer any questions you may have
about selecting the right turtle and products for you. They can even place an
order over the phone for you. If you prefer e-mail simply click on the “Ask us
about this item “box below.
To see the turtle food we recommend feeding
eastern musk turtles check out the Food options below.
Turtles & Tortoises are part of the reptile family. Being reptiles they cannot produce body heat and must rely on getting warm from another source. We offer heat packs that stay warm for up to 40 hours, by using a heat pack or two you are assuring that your new turtle or tortoise will stay comfortable and warm during the shipping period. Also please keep in mind that your turtle my end up sitting on an airport tarmac for hours waiting to be loaded onto the plane and that can be ruff on a reptile in a cold city. Heat Packs cost only $1.98 each and can be added to your turtles below.