Mud Turtle Care Sheet

Description: Mud Turtles are relatively small turtles and are fairly easy to care for which makes them very popular as pets.
Scientific Name: Kinosternon spp
Lifespan: As many as 40 years
Average Size: Approximately 1 foot
Origin: North and Central America


Juvenile Mud Turtles will need to be fed on a daily basis, however as they get older the feeding should subside to 2 or 3 times per week. Technically Mud Turtles are omnivorous however they much prefer meat so the majority of their diet should be made up of items such as snails, crayfish and fresh fish.

A good calcium supplement is required for these turtles to ensure proper bone growth and reduce the risk of health complications. You can feed this to them by dusting it on their food every day or two.



Lighting: Turtles that are kept outside should receive plenty of vitamin D3, however if your turtle is housed inside it will require a good UVB bulb to give it these much needed vitamins.
Physical Design: Mud Turtles require a basking spot that is slightly warmer than the rest of the enclosure. The best idea for the basking area is to place a pile of rocks in the middle of their water. Ensure that the water is not too deep so that the Mud Turtle will not have any problems swimming to the surface.
Size: Mud Turtles are relatively small turtles which means that they do not need a large enclosure. However during warmer months it is highly recommended that you allow your Mud Turtle to roam outside. If you plant to leave it outside unattended make sure that there is no possibility for it to escape.
Temperature: A temperature range of 80 to 85 degrees F works well for Mud Turtles. The water temperature can be slightly lower at approximately 70 to 75 degrees F. During the night a temperature drop of approximately 5 degrees F would be appropriate.
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