Mud Turtle and Musk Turtle Care Sheet

Easy Guide to Mud and Musk Turtle Husbandry (Care Sheet)

  • Life Expectancy: 30+ Years
  • Size: Most commonly available species grow between 3in-6in
  • Food: Turtle Pellets, Guppies, Shrimp, Worms, some Plants
  • Feed Schedule: Daily (babies) / 2-3 times a week (adults)
  • Baby Enclosure Size: 5-10 gallon tank
  • Adult Enclosure Size: 20-40 tank
  • Ambient Temp: 75-80 degrees fahrenheit
  • Basking Spot: 90-92 degrees fahrenheit
  • Water Temp: 72-75 degrees fahrenheit
  • Water Depth: Not the strongest swimmers so its best to keep them close to 12-15 inches as adults. Babies should be kept in water thats about 2 inches deep.
  • Temperament/Handleability: Generally Docile
  • Additional info: Though these turtles do not bask as often as most common turtles, they do need a basking platform, UV and Heat lights. Cost is usually around $50+

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