Common Musk Turtle

Caring for your Common Musk Turtle
I make a great beginner pet due to my small adult size.

I like to swim but can find it difficult, and I like to rest submerged in the water with my head above water. This means a long tank with a shallower water level is ideal. Adding logs or rocks underwater for me to rest on is great as well.

I don’t bask as much as other turtles, but still I need a nice warm spot to dry off between dips.

I can be quite messy, so you’ll need a strong filter to help keep my water in tiptop condition.

Species Profile
Scientific name: Sternotherus odoratus

Adult size: 7.5–12.5cm (3–5 inches)

Average lifespan: Over 20 years

Suggested for: Beginner turtle keepers

Housing: Turtle tank 90cm long and 30cm tall, with a strong filter and an intense UVB light

Environmental requirements: Water temperature of 25°C, basking platform with a temperature of 26–37°C

Diet: Mix of turtle food, shrimp, meat, worms and insects

FUN FACT: Also known as the ‘stinkpot’ turtle due to their ability to release a smelly odour when intimidated by predators