Flattened Musk Turtle
Young flattened musk turtle
Range Southern United States.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Testudines
Family Kinosternidae
Genus Sternotherus
Species S. depressus
Conservation Status
Critically Endangered

Hi The Flattened musk turtle, (Sternotherus depressus), is a species of turtle in the Kinosternidae family. It is endemic to the Southern United States.

Geographic Range

It is found only in Northern Alabama.


These little turtles can be 7.5–10 cm (3-4 inches) in carapace length, record 11.4 cm (4½ inches). Both the common name and specific name refer to the fact that the species' carapace (upper shell) is much lower and flatter than those of the other members of the genus Sternotherus. In fact they look as if someone had accidentally stepped on them.


Individuals of this species have survived for more than 20 years in captivity.

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