Freshwater turtles and terrapins are ancient creatures. Fossils have been found dating back at least 150 million years. Today, over 250 species of freshwater turtles and terrapins occur in the rivers, lakes and wetlands of tropical, sub-tropical and warm temperate regions across the world.

There are many small species of freshwater turtles and terrapins that mature at relatively small sizes and are more suitable as pets, since they can be kept in small sized enclosures at home. Among the best freshwater turtle species to keep as pets are the common musk turtle, razorback musk turtle, striped mud turtle and diamondback terrapin.

Watch the video below and take a look at the downloadable caresheet for further details!


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The following are strongly recommended as ethical suppliers of livestock based in the UK with fantastic ranges of weird and wonderful pets:


Reptiles Plus


Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm




The British Herpetological Society


Know any other suppliers or societies that we should include here? Please contact the Weird and Wonderful Pets team by emailing 


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