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The stinkpot turtle is a highly aquatic and secretive turtle. It is also sometimes referred to as a musk turtle, a name that eludes to the musky fluid that the turtle secretes when it feels threatened. The stinkpot turtle is highly nocturnal, feeding on snails, aquatic insects and vegetation at night in shallow water areas. Due to the loss of its habitat, the stinkpot turtle became a threatened species in 2002.