Musk Turtle – 5/29/13
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 5/29/13
Observation Time: 1:30 p.m.
Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam
Common Name: Musk turtle
Scientific Name: Sternotherus odoratus
Comments: This small turtle, which only grows to 5″ in length, is common in Sharon. When disturbed, it emits a disagreeable odor, which accounts for both its common and scientific names.
This individual presumably came ashore to lay eggs. Believe it or not, musk turtles are known to climb high up into the branches of shrubs and trees.
More Information: Savannah River Ecology Laboratory