Common Musk Turtle

Sternotherus odoratus

Summary 2

Sternotherus odoratus is a species of small turtle native to southeastern Canada and much of the Eastern United States. It is also known as the common musk turtle, eastern musk turtle, or stinkpot due to its ability to release a foul musky odor from scent glands on the edge of its shell, possibly to deter predation. These turtles are grouped in the same family as Mud Turtles.

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  1. (c) Cooper Wyatt, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://www.inaturalist.org/photos/870519
  2. (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sternotherus_odoratus

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Status Native