Musk Turtle – 5/29/13

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/29/13

Observation Time: 1:30 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Musk turtle

Scientific Name: Sternotherus odoratus

Comments: This small turtle, which only grows to 5″ in length, is common in Sharon. When disturbed, it emits a disagreeable odor, which accounts for both its common and scientific names.

This individual presumably came ashore to lay eggs. Believe it or not, musk turtles are known to climb high up into the branches of shrubs and trees.

More Information: Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

Musk Turtle

Musk Turtle