Eastern Mud Turtle

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The Eastern mud turtle is a small and often hard to identify species. It measures 3–4 in (7.6–10.2 cm) in carapace length. The carapace is keelless, 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.


Mud turtles are fresh water turtles that are found in the southern United States. They live in rivers, lakes and swamps. Mud Turtles prefer ponds that have a lot of vegetation. These animals can generally be found in spring-fed streams, and they prefer clean, oxygenated water. In the wild, they also prefer sandy and muddy areas, as they will hibernate by burrowing into the mud.


K. subrubrum feeds mainly on insects and small fish, however, Mud Turtles are omnivorous, and will eat a variety of foods, including snails, insects, fish, various worms, and dark leafy greens.

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