Musk Turtle

Sternotherus odoratus

Image of Musk Turtle[+ ZOOM] Musk Turtle © Dawson

3" - 4 1/2"

Also called a "stinkpot" for musky secretion emitted from glandular openings. A bottom feeder on smallliving organisms, and scavenger on dead animal matter. Common in ponds, quiet streams, and bogs throughout the Pine Barrens.

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