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Grosvenor Tropicals fully endorsees the OATA's policy on the humane  treatment of livestock. We may refuse any sale where we believe that a customer cannot provide a suitable environment for care of that species.

We do not supply Goldfish for use as prizes at Fetes, Fun Fairs or other events.

Common Musk Turtle Sternotherus odoratus

Native to North America from southern Canada to Mexico the common musk or stinkpot turtles are almost entirely aquatic, spending the vast majority of their time in shallow, heavily vegetated waters of slow moving creeks, or in ponds. They typically only venture onto land when the female lays her eggs, or in some cases, to bask.

They are carnivorous, consuming a wide variety of aquatic invertebrates, including crayfish, freshwater clams, snails, and various insects. They will also eat fish and carrion. Their common names are derived from the scent glands located just under the rear of their shell, which allows them to release a foul, musky odor to deter predation, although this hardly ever occurs


Rusty Pleco

They grow to approximately 8 to 14 cm (about 3 to 5 inches), making them ideal pets for a small aquarium. They have long necks and rather short legs. Males can usually be distinguished from females by their significantly longer tails. The head is vaguely triangular in shape, with a pointed snout and sharp beak, and yellow-green striping from the tip of the nose to the neck.

They readily accept a diet of commercially available turtle pellets and various insects, such as crickets and mealworms, or earthworms.