Eastern Musk Turtle
Commonly Confused Native Species:
Often Not Confused with other Species
Size: A small sized turtle measuring 2.5 to 5.5 inches in length
Color: Musk turtles have a domed brownish-black carapace.
The plastron is a pale yellow in color and reduced in
size. The head has two yellow lines below each eye that
run down the neck.
Behavior: Musk turtles spend the majority of their time in the water,
where their cryptic color and behavior often conceals their
presence. Females come into terrestrial habitats to lay
eggs in late May and June.
Habitat: The musk turtle can be found across the state in
streams, rivers, ponds and lakes.