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Loggerhead Musk Turtle

The loggerhead musk turtle is endemic to the southern part of the United States. The carapace of the turtle has three keels and the plastron is unmarked.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Kinosternidae
    Genus Sternotherus
    Scientific Name Sternotherus minor

    Other Name Stripe-necked musk turtle
    Size 3-5 in (7.62-12.7 cm)
    Color Greenish brown body, pink plastron
    Distribution Southwestern Virginia, eastern Tennessee, southeastern Mississippi, eastern Louisiana, western section of North Carolina, southeastern Kentucky, Georgia, northern Florida and Alabama
    Habitat River, streams, and springs
    • Sternotherus minor minor
    • Sternotherus minor peltifer
    Diet Snails and other aquatic insects, and worms
    Predator Snapping turtles, alligators, and larger fish
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    Clutch Size 3-4 eggs
    Incubation Period 60-120 days
    Reproductive Age Male: 4 years
    Females: 8 Years
    Average Lifespan 20 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on February 5th 2019 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 30th January 2019.

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