Sunday, May 30, 2010

Shtinky Puddin' the Stinkpot Turtle

Over the weekend, I visited the Upper Fall Creek Loop trail. While there, I was exploring around some of the rocks and found this critter. This is a Common Musk Turtle, otherwise known as a Stinkpot, Sternotherus odoratus.

Shtinky Puddin' (a character from the Mutts cartoon) is what I decided to call her. Oh, she looks innocent enough, looks almost sweet. Don't let her fool you! Yep, after checking her out for a bit, she let loose a foul stench not unlike one you would find at a frat party chili cookoff. Whew! Not very lady-like...
How do I know she is a female, you might ask? Well, her plastron, or bottom shell is flat. Males will be slightly concave. Also, I found her on land. Stinkpots are usually aquatic except when the females venture on land to lay eggs.


After a few minutes of torture from the paparazzi, I let Lady Gag Me loose to finish her egg laying business. She was quite happy to wander off and my nose was quite happy she was on her way!StumbleUpon

4 comments:

Tom said...

Very nice Janet- It's been a while since I've seen a stinkpot. I had one as a pet one summer- they're really quite strange turtles that most people don't get to see!

Tom

Janet Creamer said...

Hi Tom,

Thanks! Wow, a pet? Phhew! Hope yours was much less stinky! :)

Jana said...

I never heard of this turtle. You came up with some funny names. Lady Gag Me. LOL.

Janet Creamer said...

Hi Jana! Good to hear from you. Hope I see you on a trip soon!

Janet