Common Musk Turtle

 


 
3"-5.5", a feisty turtle with two light stripes on the head and barbels on the chin and throat.  Carapace highly domed and elongate, olive brown to dark gray but often obscured by algae.  Plastron has a single hinge.  Found throughout the Eastern and Midwestern U.S., this is an aptly named turtle because of the musk glands.  Prefers slow-moving, shallow, muddy bottomed waters, and highly aquatic, but will occasionally bask out of the water.  Has an extremely long neck, which can reach its hind limbs with ease.  Omnivorous.