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Does the Mississippi mud turtle make a good pet?

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Due to its small size, hardiness and temperament, the Mississippi mud turtle makes a good pet if given the proper care. These turtles do best in larger aquariums that contain adequate filtration, a generous quantity of aquatic plants and driftwood for basking and relaxation.

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Although the Mississippi mud turtle is aquatic, it needs surfaces on which to bask. UVB bulbs are necessary for the livelihood of the turtle as they simulate the effects of the sun. Soft, clean water is ideal and should be maintained at temperatures around 76 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature should be slightly lowered in the winter and raised in the spring to encourage breeding. Commercial foods for aquatic turtles satisfy dietary requirements although including small fish and invertebrates is also recommended.

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