Eastern Musk Turtle (Stinkpot; Common Musk Turtle)
This is Missouri’s smallest species and one of the world’s smallest turtles. The stinkpot has a dark gray-brown to black, domed upper shell. The lower shell is reduced and usually yellow, brown, or grayish yellow, with brown mottling; the forward part is moveable. The fleshy parts are dark gray or black. There are normally two thin, yellow stripes on each side of the head and neck. Small projections of the skin called barbels are present on the chin and throat.
The name “stinkpot” refers to the odor given off by this species when captured. The odor is produced by musk glands in the skin just below the upper shell along the sides.