Flattened Musk Turtle

North America


Sternotherus depressus


  • Habitat and environmental degradation
  • Erosion and siltation

The Flattened Musk Turtle from the Kinosternidae family is an endemic amphibian creature to the southern United States. Its name is derived from the fact that its carapace is flatter and lower than the other members of the Sternotherus genus. It will take up to 60 years before it can reach its maximum length of just 12 cm.

Extensive strip coal mining and dam construction as well as runoff from agriculture and forestry have all destroyed most of the natural habitat of the Flattened Musk Turtle. Erosion of rock crevices have left these creatures homeless or defenceless against predation or strong water flow.