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South Central US

Razorback Musk Turtle

"Razorback" refers to the sharp keel on the carapace of this turtle, and "musk" refers to its defense of producing a strong, musky odor to deter predators.

 

This turtle prefers to sun itself on snags of driftwood rather than coming to shore to bask.  Only the females venture on land when it is time to lay eggs.

 

HABITATStreams, rivers, swamps
DIETInvertebrates, fish, carrion
LIFE Expectancy15-20 years

Fun Fact
If a human baby weighed 7 pounds at birth and grew at the same rate as an American alligator it would be 36 feet tall and weigh 150,000 pounds when fully grown.
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