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Common Musk Turtle (female)

A Common Musk Turtle (Sternotherus odorous), probably an older female, rests near a gravel road in the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. This individual might have been looking for a place to lay eggs. The Common Musk Turtle is also known as "Stinkpot" because of its ability to release a foul-smelling musk when disturbed. Common Musk Turtles are considered threatened in some areas due to habitat destruction.

Location and Date
Muscatatuck NWR
near Seymour, Indiana, USA
5/8/12 (Note: pre-2000 dates are approximate)

Mark Swanson/Swanson Media

Nikon D300 DSLR

AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D

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Common Musk Turtle (Sternotherus odorous), Order Testudines (Turtles), Class Reptilia (Reptiles), Kingdom Animalia (Animals), Subfamily Kinosterninae, Family Kinosternidae (Mud and Musk Turtles)

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