Razor-backed Musk Turtle -Sternotherus carinatus

Razor-backed 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.

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Subspecies:No subspecies recognized.


Similar Species:

Species Range:

Louisiana Range:Statewide, but records are lacking from the southernmost parishes and a group of contiguous northern parishes.


Natural History:

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Global Conservation Status: Razor-backed Musk Turtles are listed as Least Concern by theIUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status: None

Louisiana Conservation Status: Razor-backed Musk Turtleshave a ranking of S4 (apparently secure in Louisiana with many occurrences - 100 to 1000 known extant populations)in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks:I have observed/trapped this species in several locations in Louisiana, including in central, southwest, south-central and southeast Louisiana.

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