Razorback Musk Turtle (Sternotherus carinatus)
TYPE: Mud and Musk Turtles
Razorbacks are much lighter in color than most muds and musks. From gray to almost silver, or light brown to orange with spotted or streaked darker markings, they are one of the prettiest. As their name suggests, they have a very prominent keeled shell, and a hinged bottom.
Razorbacks are omnivores, taking pellets, fish, crustaceans, insects, meat, worms and aquatic plants. Shallow bottom dwellers, Razorbacks bask more than do most muds and musks. They are easily kept with other muds and musks, and or in a community tank with other turtle species.
As adults they keep much of their juvenile color, and do well in lager set ups ,or as shallow outdoor pond "garbage disposals."