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Common musk turtle

Sternotherus odoratus

Common musk turtles’ shells can be olive to gray and are sometimes streaked or spotted with dark blotches. Their upper shell is highly domed and 3 to 5 inches long. They have two yellow stripes that extends from their nose to their neck. Males and females are similar in size.