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Jeremy the Turtle

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We have a happy Jeremy.
From a saucepan to an enclosure.
He was taken from a neglecting home and delivered to a lady in a saucepan! He was then kept in the base of the lady’s shower while she tried to find somewhere for him to go. Due to the urgency of the situation, we took him in and provided a temporary safe place for him. We are currently setting up a turtle suitable tank and he will be up for rehoming after some R&R. A Turtle is a first for Idlewild but if we can help, we will.
Jemmy will be much better with more room to move around. He has a water heater, uv, heat light and filter. He has places to hide and a place to bask under the heat-light.
He will soon be looking for his forever home with his new enclosure. Keep posted for more updates.
More information on Razor Back Musk Turtles please scroll down.
Razor Back Musk Turtles are found in Northern America in the states of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Florida and Louisiana.
They naturally inhabit heavily vegetated shallow ponds, streams and swamps with slow moving water.
Captivity set up requirements.
The Razor Back Musk Turtle is nearly entirely aquatic. A 24” aquarium (20 gallons) is a minimum requirement for one adult.
Razor Back Musk Turtles are quite shy on the whole so a well planted aquarium, with rocks and ceramic plant pots will provide shelter.
The turtles will spend a lot of time walking along the bottom of the tank rather than swimming, so shallow water is perfect for this, with sand and/or smooth pebbles to aid movement.
Although mainly aquatic, they will venture onto land to bask, therefore a small level protruding from the water is essential .
A basking temperature of 28-32C is required with an air temperature of 24-28C. This can be achieved by using a basking bulb and the compact 5% UVB.
Water temperatures should be maintained around 23-26C with a submersible aquarium heater.
A low water flow filter is required to keep the water clean but not be too fast flowing to making moving again the current difficult.
To keep the water quality a 25% water change every two weeks will be required.
Razor Back Musk Turtles are omnivorous in the wild, they will eat both plants and insects. A list of ideal food that is not exhaustive includes.
Chopped earthworms
Aquatic Snails
Chopped mussel
Chopped cockle
Chopped fish – aim for fresh water fish rather than sea fish
Frozen Bloodworm
Frozen Turtle Food
Turtle pellets – babies like Zoo Med Hatchling Formula