Loggerhead Musk Turtle

Sternotherus minor

When threatened, the loggerhead musk turtle secretes a foul-smelling liquid from glands at the base of its tail that has earned it the nickname ‘stinkpot’. Growing up to five inches long, this omnivorous turtle is found in muddy-bottomed lakes, ponds, and streams in the southeastern United States.

Fact File

habitatHabitat: muddy-bottomed lakes, ponds, and streams
dietDiet: omnivore