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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-07-2009, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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help pls...need as much info as possible!!!

ok like my parents went tonorth carolina and found a baby turtle i still not sure what it is one person told me it was a mud turtke so i'mma go with that if any one can shine some light on what it is pls help and what supplies do i need bcuz i also heard they need special care thks in advance!!!
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The pictures are kinda blurry but I am about 95% sure that is a Common Musk (Sternotherus odoratus) or Stinkpot Musk. Mud turtles usually have broader plastrons that cover them more.

Here is a good site with lots of info on that specific turtle: http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Car...t-stinkpot.htm

a North Carolina Specific site about musk: http://www.bio.davidson.edu/projects...do/steodo.html

0.1.0 Common Snapper, 0.0.1 Eastern Spiny Softshell, 1.1.0 Common Musk, 1.0.0 Eastern Box Turtle, 1.0.0 Red Eared Slider.
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its from south carolina sorry but its a musk turtle
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I have 2 of these, and they are very personable. They are some of my favorite turtles to keep because they have 'personalities' and love attention.

0.1.0 Common Snapper, 0.0.1 Eastern Spiny Softshell, 1.1.0 Common Musk, 1.0.0 Eastern Box Turtle, 1.0.0 Red Eared Slider.
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ok so i should keep him
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what should i feed him
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-07-2009, 03:31 PM
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I never advise for people to keep Wold caught animals, especially an adult one. But if you do choose to they eat worms, crickets, leafy greens, crawdads, and mine love crustaceans & Mollusks. After time he may warm up to reptomin or other commercial pellet foods (shouldn't be used as a staple)

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what type of worms should i feed him and what else should i know and how should his habitat be set up if i decide to keep him!!!
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You can just use regular night crawlers that you dig up in your yard. His setup should be at least a 29 Gallon filled to the top with a basking area made above the tank. Also Make sure he/she has lots of places to sit and rest on the top of the water like plants or a log that sits on the bottom but extends to the top. They like semi shallow water but are actually decent swimmers. But the love to rest at the top of the water on something so make sure you have that. Here is a picture of my setup nice and simple but they like it, I think.


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thank you so much i am really grateful
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