Up to 4 - 5.5”
In the wild,
it feeds on aquatic snails and insects, craw dads.
Adult males specialize on mollusk and develop enlarged powerful jaws to crush
75° - 83°
Basking Temperature: Mid 80's to low 90's
Mid to High 70's
Inhabits the large
clear springs, and spring runs of Florida, often times 15' or more down.
Florida and parts of Georgia.
Being more aquatic than the closely
related mud turtles, loggerhead musk prefer a greater sized water area.
Loggerhead musk are well able to thrive in deep water habitat. Though infrequent
baskers, ample opportunity to do so is important. A spotlight over their basking
area will be utilized. This area can be in the form of a rock projecting from
the water, or in the case of young specimens, floating aquatic plants are
preferred. Much like the stinkpot, loggerheads are a very outgoing and
responsive turtle, with little of the shyness of the razorback.
A thirty gallon aquaria is sufficient for
the loggerhead musk. The addition of more than a single specimen would require
the keeper to adjust the enclosure size accordingly. As always, when possible,
more room is always better. These are active turtles, and they will utilize the
space offered. Strong filtration is advised, as these are messy feeders, and
water quality is often compromised if filtration is not adequate. Either a bare
bottom or river pebble substrate is suitable for this species. If given a
choice, river pebbles are preferred as these turtles like to forage on the
bottom. Though a southern species, extremes of temperature are best avoided. As
inhabitants of springs that maintain a more or less constant temperature,
extreme temperature either on the low or high side may be stressful.
Does well on high
quality turtle pellets such as Mazuri and ReptoMin, as well as earth worms, crawdads and
feeder fish on occasion.
Given ample space, loggerhead's do very
well in community settings. Painted turtles, sliders and cooters are good
choices as tank mates. Loggerhead's are well able to live in the deeper water
that these basking species require, and usually coexist peacefully provided the
size difference of the inhabitants is not pronounced. Caution is advised when
maintaining any musk turtles together with their own kind or closely related
species. Aggression between rival males, or with unreceptive females often
results. As with mud turtles, these situations should be monitored closely. As
with all musk turtles, but to a greater extent, loggerheads should be handled
with caution. Their powerful jaws are very capable of producing an unpleasant
experience for their keeper if handled carelessly.
Unlike other musk
turtles, the Loggerhead appears to be diurnal. This is probably an adaptation to
its habitat, where the water temperatures in the springs maintain a constant
temperature (in the low 70's) year round. A very personable and responsive