The musk turtle, is a widespread and abundant species that can be found along the east coast of the United States from the northeastern states to Florida.
There is sexual dimorphism, the male is larger than the female, his tail is longer and the anal or sewer hole extends further out from the plastron.
This turtle forages by walking along the bottom of a stream or pond, rather than swimming. It is nocturnal and not very sociable, showing a character of aggressive tendency. When it feels threatened, it defends itself by releasing a foul-smelling liquid from glands located under the small marginal shields of the back, which is why it is called a stinking turtle. The male is particularly aggressive and in the face of a threat will bite without hesitation. They can reproduce up to twice a year, the female digs shallow nests on the edge of the water body, under leaves or rotten trunks. They mate underwater and then the female lays one to nine eggs, which will hatch 60-90 days later.
Their main threats are being run over by breeding females when they leave the water to find an area to lay their eggs and the destruction of their habitat.