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Common Musk Turtle

Common Musk Turtle


Species group:
 Mud and Musk Turtles

Other name: Stinkpot Turtle

Scientific name: Sternotherus odoratus

Range/Habitat: The Common Musk Turtle is an aquatic turtle which is native to much of eastern North America. They are found in shallow waters in streams and ponds and feed on aquatic invertebrates like crayfish.

Because of their small size, the Common Musk Turtle is a common pet. Both captive bred, and wild-caught specimens are kept.

In some regions the Common Musk Turtle is a protected species. In the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario, for example, it is illegal to collect or posses a Common Musk Turtle without a permit. It is highly recommended that you check on state and local regulations before acquiring a Common Musk Turtle as a pet.

Reviews
Owners say:
Wonderful:
sociable creature, quiet charm, curious little guy, great personality
Challenging:
deeper tank, strong musk scent, hard bite, good hand washing, good filtration
Interesting:
basking lamp, soft shell turtle, little entertainment value
Overall review
  • Currently 100
3.9 (11)
Isolinda
I had two turtles of this breed and they were really ...
Review by: Isolinda (0) updated 23 days ago
  • Currently 100
4.25
1 photo
kourbeck
Our very cute turtle was with my family and I for abo...
Review by: kourbeck (2) July 15, 2014 11:24
  • Currently 100
3.50
1 photo
YiHangLu
The Common Musk Turtle is a primarily aquatic species...
Review by: YiHangLu (49) May 30, 2014 17:31
  • Currently 100
4.50
1 photo
ManoftheNorth
Stink pot, or soft shelled turtles are one of those s...
Review by: ManoftheNorth (83) April 07, 2014 18:57
  • Currently 100
5.00
Angela1974
My experience of owning a common turtle started when ...
Review by: Angela1974 (5) September 21, 2013 04:15
  • Currently 100
3.00
1 photo

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