The Eastern Musk Turtles (Sternotherus odoratus) or common musk turtles as they are also called, make great pond turtles. It’s one of the smallest turtle’s native to the United State. Hatching out at one inch or smaller and only growing to be between 2 and 4 ½ inches at adulthood. The common musk turtle is one of the most popular turtles for sale today due to its size. They have a brown to blackish carapace (top shell). In the wild you will find them on the soft bottoms, of shallow creeks, streams, slow moving rivers, ponds and lakes throughout most of the eastern United States. From up in New Hampshire, down into Florida, then over into Texas and up to Illinois. Eastern musk turtles purchased and placed into private ponds and lakes can often be seen at the banks where the water levels are lower and plants are plentiful for foraging. We rank the pond size eastern musk turtles that we have for sale as a great beginner pond turtle. Eastern musk turtles do bask from time to time and should be offered a basking place in the pond or lake to enjoy the warmth of the sun. Eastern musk turtles are mostly carnivorous (meat eaters), in your pond or lake they will thrive from eating turtle pellets, snails, tadpoles, small fish, crayfish, insects and insect larvae, along with vegetation from time to time. To learn more about Hatchling Eastern Musk Turtles or any other item that we have for sale, please Call us toll free at 1-800-277-9286 we have staff available Monday to Friday from 8am until 5 pm eastern time. Anyone of them will be happy to answer any questions you may have about selecting the right turtle and products for you. They can even place an order over the phone for you.