Common Musk Turtle

Sternotherus odoratuscommon musk turtle

Description: The carapace length of adults ranges from 3-4.5 inches long. Old adults have an olive-black, black-stippled, to solid black, smooth, rather highly domed carapace. The skin of the head and limbs is dark, and there are 2 variably prominent yellow lines on the side of the head.

Range: Abundant throughout Florida.

Habitat: Can be found in virtually any still or slow flowing water source.

Wild: Small fish, insects, worms, and carrion
Zoo: Fish, crickets, worms, and turtle pelleted diet

Reproduction: Females begin nesting in the early spring and may nest two or more time and the usual clutch size is 1-5 eggs.