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Mud and musk turtles are a family of about 23 species of turtles, all of which are found in North and South America. When they are handled these turtles release a foul smelling, musky odor - which gives them their common name. They are found mainly in slow-moving bodies of water with lots of vegetation. They are all carnivorous, eating crustaceans, aquatic insects, molluscs, annelid worms, amphibians, and small fish.


Tanya Dewey (author), Animal Diversity Web.

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Dewey, T. . "Kinosternidae" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed December 01, 2023 at

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