common musk turtle
Due to its small size, the Common Musk Turtle generally makes a better choice for a pet turtle than other commonly available species, such as the Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans). Throughout their range wild-caught specimens are commonly available, but the species is also frequently captive-bred specifically for the pet trade. They readily accept a diet of commercially available turtle pellets and various insects, such as crickets and mealworms, or earthworms. Due to their almost entirely aquatic nature, the Common Musk Turtle also does not necessarily require the UV lighting that most other turtle species do for proper captive care, though it is usually recommended to give them a more natural light cycle than normal indoor lighting.
The Common Musk Turtle or Stinkpot (Sternotherus odoratus) is a species of small turtle native to southeastern Canada and most of the eastern half of the United States, named after their ability to release a foul musky odor to deter predation. They are sometimes bred specifically to be kept as pets.
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