Turtles of the Month - Student Corner
Musk Turtle (Stinkpot) (Sternotherus odoratus)
Description. Rarely exceed 4 inches. Shell is grey to black. Pointed head with two yellow stripes running down each side of head and neck. Two pairs of barbells on the chin and throat used for sensory purposes. Males have a thick, long tail with a horny tip.
Habitat. Prefer slow-moving water with soft bottom and aquatic vegetation. Exclusively aquatic, though sometimes seen basking.
Status. Widespread and stable.
Threats. Include: predators such as raccoons; fatalities from fishing hooks; road mortality; habitat loss; and water pollution.
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