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Eastern Mud Turtle

Kinosternon subrubrum


Kinosternon are typically small turtles and to me they all look alike (lol). This one was small, with an all dark carapace and a lighter yellowish plastron. Had some lighter skin on its neck with some dark flecks.


Mud turtles like freshwater habitats. On Matagorda Island we have very few of these habitats, but there are some low-laying areas that fill with rainwater, and we have some artificial dugouts that stay wet throughout most of the year. I suppose that these guys must spend a lot of time in torpor buried in the soil during drought years. They do pop up quickly whenever we get some rain though.


I'm not 100% on the ID, so if anybody says different, I'll change it. I've never actually seen a Kinosternon in the wild before, so finding this one was exciting. It took me 3 years before we got enough rain and I was in the right place at the right time.

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Texas, USA

Spotted on Apr 18, 2012
Submitted on Feb 18, 2013

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