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Musk Turtle behavior

The Musk Turtle is also known as the Stinkpot Turtle. They are small, aggressive turtles that are found in North America. Musk Turtles are rarely kept in captivity.

Musk Turtles can usually be found in areas of slow moving water with soft bottoms, such as marshes, ponds, and ditches. They are nocturnal animals and rarely venture out during daylight hours. They are never seen during the day during the hot summers. Stinkpots hibernate for most of the winter, beginning in October and only becoming active again in April. During hibernation and in hot weather during the day, they sleep among the vegetation found in the water or burrow into the mud. They are rarely seen outside the water, possibly because they dehydrate very quickly. Juvenile Musk Turtles are mainly carnivorous, although adults will eat plants as well. Some preferred foods are fish, snails, tadpoles, crayfish, and insects. They locate prey using their sense of smell, and most likely feed on animals that are already dead. Stinkpots do not swim or move very quickly and are most likely not able to capture living prey. When captured, Musk Turtles release a very strong musk, which is where they get their names. They can be very aggressive when restrained and will bite.

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