Common Musk Turtle (Sternotherus odoratus) Photo © Jim Harding In Michigan, mostly inhabits clear lakes with sand or marl bottoms. Rarely bask, are generally seen foraging along the bottom in shallow water. May be nocturnal in summer. They eat snails, crayfish, insects, tadpoles, etc. If disturbed, glands along lower edge of shell secrete a foul-smelling musk, hence the common name "stinkpot." Common in southern Lower Peninsula, but threatened by lakeshore development.