Mud Turtle are very popular among other turtle breed mainly because of their small sizes and they can grow only up to 5 inches long. When you decide to make it as your pet, you better make sure that it came from a reputable breeder who can guarantee that your pet was bred in captivity otherwise it can be a mean fighting machine which can bite your finger if you don’t careful.
Mud Turtles live in ponds, as well as in bodies of water with and without vegetation. These animals can generally be found in spring-fed streams, and they prefer clean, oxygenated water. They spend most of their time walking, buried under leaves, or settling on the bottoms of shallow ponds rather than trying to soak up the sun.
Eastern Mud Turtles can be found throughout in the Eastern United States from Texas to New York.
Mud Turtle is small size and only need at least 40 gallon tank. Half side of the tank should have water and other half need dry dock. You will need to clean this enclosure, which should provide adequate space for your turtle to swim comfortably, frequently.
As for the dry dock, a heat lamp should be placed above it and set to be around 90°F (32°C). The tank should be maintained anywhere below 90 (32) and should not go below 70°F (23 C). And in addition to the basking temperature, you need to maintain the temperature anywhere from 70-75°F .
Mud Turtles are omnivorous, which mean they eat animals and vegetables. You can either give them shrimp, insect, fish, or even dark leafy greens, whichever is fine for them. If you want a proper nutrition for your little swimmer, best to give it a commercial pelleted diet along with vitamin and calcium supplements.
Mud Turtle can do well with Mud Turtles, as well as with Musk Turtles. You should only handle your turtle when it is necessary to do so, as these turtles can bite and hurt you if they become stressed or frightened. Also, like Musk Turtles, they will release a liquid from their anal glands as a defense mechanism. This will be foul smelling, so you want to avoid it by keeping your turtle relaxed and comfortable.
- Length: Up to 5 inches
- Type: Semi-aquatic turtle
- Color: Olive
Mud Turtle often carry salmonella and other pathogens that can spread to humans. Wash your hands after handling them is a must. It is best to look for a turtle at a reputable breeder or rescue group that can give you details on the animal history and health. There are other symptoms that you need to watch out to keep them in good condition. Such as:
- Gastrointestinal parasites: Poor appetite and abnormal feces
- Respiratory infections: Habitat too cold
- Shell rot or Ulcers: Unsanitary habitat or Improper diet
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