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March 5, 2009
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6.8 MB


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Canon EOS 40D
Shutter Speed
1/256 second
Focal Length
105 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 21, 2008, 9:58:36 AM
Eastern Mud Turtle 40D0026390 by Cristian-M Eastern Mud Turtle 40D0026390 by Cristian-M
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.

More info: [link] , [link]

I was helped by Khris :icondimmedfaith: in icentifying this species.
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DimmedFaith Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
No, its not a snapping turtle or a yellow belly slider. Here is a picture of one of my own yellow bellys [link] and a picture of one of my common snapping turtles [link]
wha you have here apears to be a common musk turtle. Sorry i don't have a picture of one of my babies to show you, they are much smaller than this one though.

Musk turtles have nasty additudes. Some times more nasty than the snapping turtle. Often Giant Mexican Musk turtles are confused for snappers.

here is some more infomation about musk turtles - [link]
Cristian-M Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Thanks, Khris! I mentioned your help in the image's description. :)

After doing some research, I concluded that it's an Eastern Mud Turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum).
It didn't have the characteristic odor of musk turtles, and I handled it quite a lot!
DimmedFaith Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
aw, yeah you'd be right there. I guess a musk turtle would have a much higher darker shell and brigher markings and a more pointed face.. Sorry about that. lol. eh, they all kinda look the same.. not really but thats the best excuse i can come up with, its a been a long couple days :dead: :surrender:
Cristian-M Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Hey, no excuses are needed...
I'm grateful that you pointed me in the right direction! :hug:
NovRoz Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
I thought it was a snapping turtle too. great shot :)
meihua Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
toooo cute!
I agree with =CorazondeDios though, doesn't look like a slider turtle
Cristian-M Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
That's what I thought at the beginning, but if you look at images of snapping turtles, you'll see that this is not one... :)
meihua Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
oh, I don't know what species it is, it just doesn't look like a slider to me :P sorry about the misunderstanding
CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
this looks more like a snapping turtle.
Sneaky-Snake-Designs Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
this one is like ''baaahhh...get on outta here and let me sleep!''
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