Definition of musk turtle in US English:

musk turtle


  • A small drab-colored American freshwater turtle which has scent glands that produce an unpleasant musky odor when the turtle is disturbed.

    Genus Sternotherus, family Kinosternidae: several species, including the common musk turtle (S. odoratus)

    Also called stinkpot
    • ‘The musk turtle has a sharply pointed snout with two thin whitish-yellow stripes running along either side of the snout to the neck.’
    • ‘Mud and musk turtles of the United States include the common mud turtle, common musk turtle, razor-backed musk turtle, and yellow mud turtle.’
    • ‘In Florida and south-central Texas, common musk turtles may be active all year long, but farther north, common musks are usually forced to hibernate in winter.’
    • ‘Unlike some of the other musk turtles, S. oderatus are reported to not have a tolerance for brackish water.’
    • ‘American mud and musk turtles are found mainly in eastern and southern North America and as far south as Argentina in South America.’