Tex, the musk turtle
I have inherited an old musk turtle Sternotherus odoratus--he has been in our family since 1975, so he is at least 40 years old. We have always fed him meal worms and bits of salmon, occasional earthworms. He is now on a hunger strike, and has not eaten for over a month. I am worried about him, he seems to be wanting to haul out of the water more than ever. I keep his tank clean (20 gallon, with water at about 6 ", temperature is in the high seventies). I am wondering about his water--I use bottled spring water from the grocery store. I tried using dechlorinating agents on regular tap water, too, but he seems to not like his water. Is there a particular pH I should be striving for? His environment is warm, but not too hot. Maybe he is just getting close to the end, but I want him to be as healthy as possible until then. Oh, his name is Tex. Thanks for any suggestions you might have!
Chris G in California