Common Musk Turtle or Stinkpot


Common Musk Turtle or Stinkpot (Kinosternon or Sternotherus odoratus)

 Stinkpots are small turtles with a carapace length of five inches.  The carapace is smooth and the general coloration is brown to olive-black.  Their plastron is small.  The head has a pair of light yellow stripes on each side, running above and below the eye.

 Stinkpots are found in creeks, rivers, ponds, swamps, or lakes.  Mating occurs in the spring.  Eggs are deposited in May or June and hatch in two to three months.

 Stinkpots are probably found in every county in West Virginia.


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