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Species Spotlight! Flattened Musk Turtle!
May 19, 2023
Common name: Flattened Musk Turtle
Scientific name: Sternotherus depressus
Countries of origin: United States of America
Habitat: Medium-sized, clean, clear-water streams and small rivers with abundant rock coverage and crevices
Threats: Habitat degradation; pollution; illegal collection for the pet trade
Wild Population: Decreasing; estimated population reduction greater than 90%; individuals increasingly difficult to find
Conservation: Captive breeding colonies; population monitoring; protected as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act; protected in Alabama; CITES Appendix II
Graphic: Jordan Gray
Turtle Photos: James Godwin, ©Joel Sartore/Photo Ark
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