Razor-backed musk turtle

Razor-backed musk turtle
Razor-backed musk turtle

Razor-backed musk turtle – Although these turtles do not have vibrant colors, the positive is that it is small, relatively inexpensive and very resistant. Like most turtles, and the Razor-backed musk turtle can bite (can often be painful if her armor longer than 4.6 cm), and if it carries careless. The cubs were born in captivity are seasonally available in some pet shops, although it is more likely to buy over the Internet, as well as exhibitions of reptiles and amphibians.

Musk turtle hatchlings Razor-backed a quarter of its full-size in adulthood. The color on the back is gray to light brown or olive-brown and streaked with darker stripes on the shell, and dark spots on the head. If you look at the front, both sides of the armor will act sharply sloping, and can clearly see the coat of arms on the spine. Tiles on the shell slightly overlap. Margins plate on the rear and side parts are sharply toothed. The jacket has often pinkish shades. Adults are similar in color, but often these colors fainter. Dark markings are less defined and the marginal plates are less jagged, but the armor is still sharp. Adult males have a very large head. The jacket is olive-gray or olive-brown color.

The size and lifespan

While older males may reach the length of the shield is about 16 cm, much more typical length is between 10 and 14 cm. Hatchlings are only 2.5 cm long. These turtles can live more than 15 years.

Cubs Razor-backed musk turtle
Cubs Razor-backed musk turtle


Razor-backed musk turtle inhabits the east of the eastern Texas to the Mississippi River, seven to southeast Oklahoma and south of Arkansas. Usually, can be found on the narrow river banks, bend in the river, and can be quite a number of fishing near the docks. Often sunbathe in the warm, sunny days.

Care in captivity

The only thing that makes the musk turtle excellent choice for care in zaroljeništvu their endurance. In addition, nearly all are quite small and do not require full-spectrum lighting and the possibility for sunbathing as most aquatic turtles.

The aquarium of 18.9 L can be kept to a few cubs. The same number is slightly older musk turtle can be placed in the tank capacity 56.7 L. One an adult, or a few will develop normally in the tank of 75.7 L.

The fact is that the big turtles destroy carefully decorated aquarium. Therefore, it would be best to furniture in a cage to a minimum, and whatever you’re using for this purpose, should be functionally and motionless. If the water is deeper than the depth of the door, it will be necessary to set up a ramp that will allow the turtle to easily comes to the surface. Secured smoothly nagnutno stones will serve turtles to climb, and it is ideal for cleaning. Light for heating can be set above that, to the surface of the stones warms to about 32 ° C. Dry stone surface should be large enough to accommodate the turtles that are in the aquarium. Despite their small size, these turtles are quite strong. Because of their energetic shifts stones and heaters, it is expected that these turtles break and heater, as well as the aquarium glass. It is necessary, therefore, to provide shatter-resistant heaters and fix stones.

Razor-backed musk turtle can also be properly developed in garden ponds. However, it is easy to catch and eat slow fish, such as goldfish, so pay attention to the other inhabitants of the pond. In the south of the United States (eg. Sanbelt), which rarely comes to freezing, turtles can stay outside year-round. This also applies to other areas where the water temperature can be maintained at 20 ° C with a heater.

Musk turtle is carnivorous Razor-backed. They will be happy to eat food for turtles, fish used as bait, minnows, worms and insects.

Water should be free from chlorine. It can be filtritan (immersion or sponge filters are ideal), although this will still require cleaning once a week.

musk turtle
musk turtle


Although the Razor-backed musk turtle, which were imported from the wild, may require winter chilling for the sake of successful reproduction, specimens from captivity might not. It seems that simply monitoring the natural light period may increase the chances of successful propagation and stimulation with musk turtles in captivity. When in adulthood, mating can be easily performed. The males have long, thinner tail that ends with an increased tapered tip, and wider parts of the skin are separated plastraln tiles. Females can be distinguished from males by their thin tail and lack of skin between plastraln tiles.

These turtles are mating while submerged, usually at the bottom of your aquarium (or pond). Female leaves the water would not dug a nest for its two to five eggs. Well fed female from captivity can make two litters a year. At a temperature of 26-28° C incubation will last from 48 to 65 days. Once peek from the eggs, hatchlings may remain in the scales three days before definitely hatch.

Razor-backed musk turtle in aquariumOther aquatic turtle species with similar needs

All other musk turtle, as well as those that live in the mud (ie, Sternotheus and Kinosternon) will be properly developed if the owners keep the conditions that are described for this species. Most of these turtles is slightly built, but several Latin the American species can reach carapace length of 20 cm, and even a little higher, and two species of giant musk turtle can reach the length of the foot 30 cm, due to which will require larger aquariums. Of all the species, turtles, red-cheeked, Kinosternon scorpioides crentatum has BRIGHTEST color. This applies to the young, who have cheeks slightly to clear red. The color you have on the young fades with age, although some degree of red remains always visible.

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