Females lay 1-9 eggs that hatch 60-85 days later
|Number of young at birth:||
|Age of maturity:||3-4 years|
Shell averages 3-5 in long
|Size at birth:||Less than 1 in|
|Description:||Olive brown to dark gray turtle with a highly domed, oval shaped carapace. The carapace is often covered with a camouflaging layer of algae. Have two bright facial stripes beneath their eyes and small, tentacle-like sensory extensions known as barbels on their chins and throats. The lower shell is small and has a single hinge which enables the turtle to partially close and protect itself.|
- Found in southeastern Canada, eastern and Midwestern United States and south through Texas. Lives in freshwater rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and swamps.
- Eats earthworms, snails, clams, crayfish, crabs, insects, tadpoles, fish and fish eggs. Also eats some plant foods like algae.
- When threatened, the common musk turtle may bite and scratch fiercely. Worse yet, it may spray its musk – an odor so vile, it has earned this turtle the nickname “stinkpot”.
- Walks on the bottom of the stream or pond instead of swimming like other turtles.