REPTILIAN TUESDAY #48
We’re going on a short road trip today to meet one cute but stinky reptile! These turtles inhabit our local area and we’ve even met a few on twitter! So let’s get on our hiking shoes and go looking for these great reptiles!
MEET THE STINKPOT!
Diet: Omnivore: plants, insects, mollusks
Length: 3 ¼-5”
Conservation Status: common
- Stinkpots are also known as the Common Musk Turtle.
- They expel a foul musk odor as a defense mechanism.
- Stinkpots spend most of the lives in water.
- They are often covered in algae.
- Stinkpot males have longer tails than females.
- They have barbells on their chin that help them find food.
- Stinkpots use their tongues to breathe underwater.
Stinkpots are such cute little turtles! So many animals use the defense of emitting a stinky smell, so it must work! The best part of these little turtles is their fun name- Stinkpots! Try saying it without smiling!