24
Sep
08

A non-mystery animal

I was walking to my vehicle this morning and nearly stepped on a Common Musk Turtle, Sternotherus odoratus. Note the very small plastron (the bottom part of the shell) and the hinge. This one was about 4.5 inches long and thus a full sized adult. I noticed the gully near the house was dry, so it was probably in search of water. I think it was a male judging by what I saw of the tail and the quantity of soft tissue hanging out of the shell. Neat animals, but they have a nasty temper and equally nasty scent.

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2 Responses to “A non-mystery animal”


  1. 1 Michelle
    September 24, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    did you give him water?

  2. 2 jaredcormier
    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Of course I did, I brought him to a new nice, full, slow moving, and vegetated gully.


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