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Eastern Mud Turtle Kinosternon subrubrum


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Eastern Mud Turtle
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Alternate name: Common Mud Turtle

Family: Kinosternidae, Musk and Mud Turtles view all from this family

Description Olve-brown smooth, keelless carapace. Yelloish-brown pastern with 11 scutes. Blunt spine and scale patches on tail, on males.

Dimensions 7.6-12.4cm. (3-4 7/8")

Subspecies Eastern - Head spotted. Conneticuit through to Gulf. also Illinois, nw & sw. Indiana.
Florida - Head mottled. Florida peninsula.
Mississippi - Head has 2 lines. Missouri to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana. Also Mississippi, Alabama & Florida.

Breeding March-May. 1-6 pinkish-blue eggs laid in dug cavity in soil. In South breeds multiple times a year.

Habitat Shallow-bottomed, slow moving fresh water. Also brackish water.

Range Southeastern United States, Conneticuit through Florida.

Discussion Hibernates during winter. Will move to permanent water source if current habitat dries up. Terrestrial, often seen on roads. Temperaments vary from mild to those who don't hesitate to bit if threatened.