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Striped Mud Turtle

Kinosternon baurii

Description:

At first I thought this was an Eastern mud turtle, but the more I think about it, the more convinced I am it's a striped mud turtle. The tiny turtle (carapace length approx. 3 inches) was basking on a branch overhanging one of the few remaining water pockets in this area of Fakahatchee Strand in south Florida. The summer rains hadn't yet arrived to any substantial intensity. The turtle was surprisingly about two-three feet from the water surface -- above it, I mean. It promptly dropped into the water when I approached and this is the only shot I could muster. Neil --oh resident master of Testudines-- what do you think? Striped mud turtle? [jansonjones http://dusttracks.com



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NeilDazet
NeilDazet 2 years ago

Hey Janson. This is a really tough call between Eastern and Striped mud turtle ID. I can't say conclusively, but I'm leaning toward striped because I think I see 2 faint lines on the front of the carapace. Nice spot!

Florida, USA

Lat: 25.98, Long: -81.37

Spotted on May 25, 2012
Submitted on Jun 8, 2012

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