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Stinkpot Crossing

February 1, 2021

Stinkpot Crossing

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Chris Spohn Chris Spohn

It can be hard to get out of the house during this pandemic, but we wanted to be as close as possible to nature and wildlife.

On the way to a reserve in the middle of Missouri, we passed a tiny little animated rock on the side of the road, so I hit the brakes and turned around. It was an eastern musk turtle, Sternotherus odoratus, also known as a “stinkpot”, for its smelly defense mechanism.

We pulled over in time to help this one to make a safe crossing.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This photo was chosen as one of the top submissions for Wild View’s Reconnect with Nature assignment. Congratulations!

Pentax K-1ii, Irix 150mm Macro Lens

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Janet Alers
February 1, 2021 at 5:31 pm

Wonderful! You are a hero! Thank you

February 6, 2021 at 7:28 pm

good work! 🙂