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musk turtle

n.
Any of several small North and Central American freshwater turtles of the family Kinosternidae and especially the genus Sternotherus, which emit a strong-smelling secretion from musk glands when disturbed.
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musk turtle

n
(Animals) any of several small turtles of the genus Sternotherus, esp S. odoratus (common musk turtle or stinkpot), that emit a strong unpleasant odour: family Kinosternidae
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musk′ tur`tle


n.
any of several aquatic turtles of the genus Sternotherus, of North America, having a musky odor.
[1865–70, Amer.]
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Noun1.musk turtle - small freshwater turtle having a strong musky odormusk turtle - small freshwater turtle having a strong musky odor
mud turtle - bottom-dwelling freshwater turtle inhabiting muddy rivers of North America and Central America
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of a musk turtle overturned and unable to right itself.
Also observed in decreasing abundance were Apalone spinifera (Spiny Softshell; 41), Graptemys geographica (Northern Map Turtle; 8), Chelydra serpentina (Common Snapping Turtle; 3), and Sternotherus minor (Loggerhead Musk Turtle; 1).
Washington, May 21 (ANI): Scientists have discovered that the common musk turtle possesses an extraordinary organ that allows it to breathe underwater and stay submerged for many months - a tiny tongue lined with specialised buds.
Although not encountered, it is possible that the common musk turtle (Sternotherus odoratus), and the Blanding's turtle (Emydoidea blandingii), a state threatened species, may also utilize these sites.
However, significantly more turtles were observed within the lake, including the common musk turtle (Sternotherus odoratus) and the spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera).
Also known as a "stinkpot," the common musk turtle has four musk-producing glands on the underside of the carapace margins, allowing it to emit a foul odor when disturbed.
The stinkpot or common musk turtle, a largely nocturnal species found across much of the eastern United States, discharges a vile-smelling fluid that makes this highly aquatic species unpopular with sport fishermen when it grabs a baited hook and has to be reeled in.
Five species were captured (in order of abundance) including the red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), the painted turtle (Chrysemys picta), the common musk turtle (Sternotherus odoratus), the common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina), and the spiny softshell (Apalone spinifera).
Additional turtle species collected included the common musk turtle, Sternotherus odoratus; the log-gerhead musk turtle, Sternotherus minor; and the yellow-bellied slider; Trachemys scripta.
Amateur herpetologists may consider volunteering to help the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, reporting sightings of smooth greensnake, eastern hog-nosed snake, eastern ribbonsnake, eastern musk turtle, spotted turtle, and northern leopard frog.