Eastern Musk Turtle - Sternotherus odoratus

Eastern Musk Turtle

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.


Other Common Names: Stinkpot

Subspecies: No subspecies recognized.

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Louisiana Range:  Statewide.

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Global Conservation Status:  Eastern Musk Turtles are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Eastern Musk Turtles do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks: I have trapped or observed this species in nearly all permanent water bodies where I have herped for turtles. 

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