Sternotherus depressus
Flattened Musk Turtle

    • 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
    • Conservation Efforts:
      - Captive breeding colonies
      - Population monitoring
      - Protected as threatened under the endangered species act
      - Protected in Alabama
      - Cites Appendix II
    • Wild Population:
      - Decreasing
      - Estimated population reduction greater than 90%
      - Individuals increasingly difficult to find
    • Endangered Status:
      Critically Endangered

Species Snapshot