Eastern Mud Turtle is an excellent pets, easily kept both indoors and out doors.They are fairly low maintenance pets that don't require a great deal of interaction from their owners.
Each turtle has a distinct personality. But they are known to be a bit grouchy and grumpy. They are sometimes known to be nippy or bite. So this species may not suited for young children.
Size: Carapace length of this turtle is around 3-4 inches (7.6-10.2 cm). Weight: They weigh about 3.1-9.3 ounces (88-263 g). Color: Yellowish to black carapace, with no patterns and keels. A smooth, dark shell or olive brown in color with no pattern 11 plates, rather than 12, a yellow, hinged lower shell also with only 11 plates, a blunt spine on the tip of the tail in males, Rough, scaly patches on the insides of the legs, in males. They rarely grow larger than 5 inches, making them ideal for most homes.
Temperament & Personality: Like the musk turtle, mud turtles can release a foul smelling liquid from their anal glands. This is a defense mechanism against predators. Many mud turtles kept as pets never release this scent. Mud Turtles can do well in a community tank with fellow Mud Turtles. his species is a good candidate for a display containing both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. They may spend a good amount of time buried under humus and leaves, and thus be out of sight. Eastern mud turtles may sometimes bite and can deliver a painful nip with their sharp, hooked beak.
Tank Requirements: Should have a minimum of a 40-gallon tank more space is preferable. This should provide adequate space for your turtle to swim comfortably, frequently. They will need to bask, so you should set up a basking area within the enclosure. A heat lamp should be placed above the basking site, and it should be set to around 90°F. The rest of the enclosure should be maintained anywhere from 80-85° and should not go below 70°F. And in addition to the basking temperature, you will also need to use a high quality water heater to maintain the temperature anywhere from 70-75°F. You will need substrate along the bottom of your pet’s tank. Gravel works well. You will also need to set up a UVB light that you can place over your turtle’s enclosure and keep on for half of the day.
Diet: feed your pet mud turtles 2 to 3 times a week, and provide plenty of calcium supplements and Vitamin D3 if kept indoors. They can be fed standard turtle food, however, a varied diet of plenty of greens or small fish, snails, insects, worms, will help them live healthier happier lives.
Colors: Eastern Mud Turtle will have a dark shell that is olive brown in color and does not feature any kind of pattern, but the plastron will be yellow.
History: Within their range, mud turtles are semi-aquatic, though they often wander away from water in mid-summer. They can be found in fresh or brackish water, including marshes, small ponds, wet ditches and fields, and offshore islands. They prefer shallow, soft-bottomed, slow-moving water with abundant vegetation.
Origin: United States.
Life span: 20 years
Temperament: grouchy, grumpy, easy to care
Weight: 3.1 - 9.3 ounces (88-263 g)
Colors: Dark shell, olive brown
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