Sternotherus – Musk turtles

These pretty turtles can release one of the foulest stenches you can smell

Although genital touching usually does not elicit a reaction from these turtles, the musk glands located at the shell’s bridge may release foul-smelling secretions if the turtles feel threatened.

Similar to the American mud turtles (Kinosternon), which belong to the genus Kinosternon, but with a flatter back and no keel running down the middle, are the turtles belonging to the genus Sternotherus.

Turtles of the genus Mustela are carnivores and scavengers. Crayfish, freshwater clams, snails, aquatic larvae, and insects are among the marine invertebrates they eat. Fish, tadpoles, and carrion are other foods they will consume.