Musk Turtle ranges in size from 2-4.5 inches. The carapace
(upper shell) is brown to black and without a keel in adults (juveniles
have a keel). The head has two yellow stripes and barbels on chin
and throat. The plastron has 11 scutes and ranges in color from
brown to yellow.
Found in a variety of aquatic habitats, especially those with soft
Behavior: Also known as the
Stinkpot given its habit of releasing a smelly substance when
disturbed. Musk Turtles will often bask several feet over water on
horizontal branches of leaning trees.