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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 (18)
Migranova
We found our turtle by the lake when I was a child. M...
Review by: Migranova (2) 3 days ago
  • Currently 100
4.00
1 photo
findiviglio
As I write this, I’m watched by a Common Musk Turtle ...
Review by: findiviglio (104) June 09, 2016 18:58
  • Currently 100
4.00
Tinkybells
Last month I realised I had a large tank in great con...
Review by: Tinkybells (3) updated November 05, 2015 09:02
  • Currently 100
5.00
1 photo
lauren_lou
I originally added these two musks to a fish tank I h...
Review by: lauren_lou (18) August 04, 2015 05:34
  • Currently 100
3.25
3 photos
DennisNJ
This turtle is my favorite among the ones I work with...
Review by: DennisNJ (39) May 25, 2015 21:48
  • Currently 100
3.00
1 photo

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