Cant Remember species lol

Species and sex I.D. questions.
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Cant Remember species lol

Post by msutton84 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:39 pm

Hi, was wondering if anyone could help?
I cant remember what species my terrapin is and i'm being asked by a friend.
sorry for the bad photo, he has been basking and i didn't want to disturb.
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Re: Cant Remember species lol

Post by Zekee » Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:15 pm

Common musk, Sternotherus odoratus

Or do you mean the one in the water?

What are your basking temps?

And could you post pictures of your tank?

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Re: Cant Remember species lol

Post by msutton84 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:43 am

Hi,
Thank you very much for your reply.
I have two pictures one is of the tank and the other of my thermometer. (which i don't trust)
I'm in a bit of a pickle, i was told by the pet shop that my UV lamp would provide sufficient basking heat but i don't trust this.
I have a lamp but i'm not sure if its suitable to for the job or whether its safe to place bulb inside lid of tank.
The thermometer says 28'c but as i said i don't trust this.
All info if i'm going about this wrong would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: Cant Remember species lol

Post by Zekee » Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:47 pm

Hey, you shouldn't have a lid on the tank anyway.

Your basking area needs to be between 30-35°c.

You can achieve this by using a normal household spot.

Looks like you have a musk and a ybs housed together? This isn't ideal as musks of that size need shallower water whereas a ybs needs deep water.

The gravel also needs removing as it is an impaction hazard

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Re: Cant Remember species lol

Post by MikeC » Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:53 pm

How many turtles can we see here? I see a musk and a YBS ?

Have a search through the forum and care sheets regarding basking lamps. No, there is no way a UV bulb gives off sufficient heat for basking and if it did it would be heating the whole of the top of your tank, this would not be a good idea.

Your other turtle will need a bask more than the musk.

I did manage to aim a basking lamp through a whole in a tank lid once but was vey careful about what I was doing. The general advice is to remove the lid to allow air circulation. It is believed that the strip bulb you have distributes UVB well ( I think I have experienced this also ) but ideally needs to be mounted in such a way that allows air to travel around it :-)

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Re: Cant Remember species lol

Post by msutton84 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:19 pm

I'm glad i have asked now.

I will be looking into getting a vented screen on top and also a basking lamp.
Do you guys know any online stores where i can purchase these?
I will definitely be removing the substrate too and replace with river rock.

Thanks again.

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Re: Cant Remember species lol

Post by Julie » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:44 am

Welcome to the forum msutton84 ~trttle

You can never ask too many questions when it comes to getting it right for your turtles. Better to ask and get it right first time ~dance Keep us updated ~trttle
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