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#1 Erik

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 12:01 AM

Just wondering of anyone else has the experience of their Razorback Musks being extremely shy. My pair are very shy and rarely venture out of their hides except to eat. They eat well and appear healthy but are very, very shy. Literature on them denotes them being baskers but only on a rare occasion have I seen mine above water and basking.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 03:15 AM

Years ago I had a common musk and razorback in one tank. They got along real well but the razorback was a little shier. Their hiding places were some rocks in separate corners in the tank with some plastic plants hanging above the water for above protection. They could still see out of the tank through the glass while in their hiding place. A too aggressive hiding place where they get completely out of sight from everything might encourage shyness. In time they will become less shy and walk around the tank during the day. They are very pretty turtles though, one of my favorites. ;)

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 09:43 AM

Mine is definitely not as active as my Common Musks, but he has definitely become more comfortable in his tank. I have a small arch for him to hide under if he wants, as well as floating plants and a hollow log. When I first got him, he would hide all the time, and certainly would not eat with me around. Now he seems to spend most of his time out in the open and could care less if I am there. I have never seen him out of the water basking, but he does hang out under the UV light a lot. Cute little thing! Maybe 2" SCL. Close to a year old (don't know birth date).
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Posted 08 March 2011 - 01:18 PM

Mine are the most reclusive of my sternotherus & kinosternon but not shy.
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Posted 08 March 2011 - 03:12 PM

I have noticed that the S. carinatus tend to be more shy and seem to spook easier than other Sternotherus spp. I have kept. I'd say it's perfectly normal behavior for them to be shy.

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 08:26 AM

I just noticed that mine are very active about 5am-7am in the morning and prowl around the enclosure during this time.

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 09:54 PM

Right now my juvenile female is franticly searching the tank looking for a meal. Bunch of pigs, just fed them all yesterday. Not at all shy as my outside breeder RBM turtles. I'm thinking this personality trait, shyness, varies from turtle to turtle.

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 04:20 AM

I have had a pair of Razorbacks for a year now, they are extremely shy, esp. when little, as mine grew older they got a little less shy, as they associated me with food. As for backing mine bask just under the surface when the light is off, which is weired, they like the dark. They are cute you just have to give them time.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 02:15 AM

No, mines not shy hes always and the front of the tank swimming around. My common musk is very shy though lol !
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:15 AM

Mine is very shy, in a year I have not seen him/her bask once. I have once or twice caught the musk with it's head poked up between the turtle dock and the glass near the lights, but never the whole body out of the water basking. He (i say he, not sure) usually trots around on the bottom with the 14 inch plecostomus.

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 02:22 PM

My female Razorback is not shy at all she dances around the tank for hours and takes food out of my fingers. She comes out all the time especially when I come up to the tank.






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