Species at Risk

Stinkpot Turtle

Sternotherus odoratus

Close-up of a Stinkpot turtle standing on a shell in shallow water
Stinkpots are shallow water turtles. Stinkpots emit a musky odors from glands located on the edge of its shell.
© Parks Canada / SLINP Image Library

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.