Eastern Musk Turtle
Photo of Eastern Musk Turtle courtesy of John White
Also known as “Stinkpot”, its fetid smell aids in identification.
Photo of Habitat for Eastern Musk Turtle courtesy of Rebecca Chalmers
Found in most permanent bodies of water with slow current and soft
bottoms, including ponds, lakes, swamps, streams and rivers. It is not found
in brackish waters. Often climbs slanting trees on swamp and marsh edges,
where they occasionally fall onto boaters.
Look in shallow water areas from April to September, particularly areas
of still water. It is chiefly nocturnal, resting on the bottom during the
day. It can sometimes be observed through binoculars basking on trees. May
be ill-tempered if handled.
Can be found throughout Maryland but more common on the Coastal Plain.
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)