Eastern Mud Turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum)
The Eastern Mud Turtle is a small and often hard to identify species of turtle found in the east coast of the United States. The carapace is keeless, lacks any pattern, and varies in color from yellowish to black. The plastron is large and double hinged, and can be yellowish to brown, and may sometimes have a dark pattern. The chin and throat are a yellowish grey, streaked and mottled with brown, while the limbs and tail are grayish. The eye, or iris, of the Eastern Mud Turtle is yellow with dark clouding and its feet are webbed.
Eastern Mud Turtles dwells in ponds and other freshwater habitats. They feed mainly on insects and small fish. Raccoons are known to eat this species eggs, while herons and alligators often hunt the adults.
Mud turtles are known for their dull shell colors and relation to the smelly musk turtles. They can grow up to about 5 inches. They live up to 50 years of age. Mud turtles are omnivorous and will consume almost anything they can catch including fish, worms, insects, grubs, crustaceans, tadpoles, small berries, plants and even carrion.
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