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YELLOW MUD TURTLE

Carapace yellow to brown, smooth, keelless, and usually flattened; scutes dark-bordered. Elevated 9th and 10th marginal scutes (lacking in young). Plastron yellow to brown, with dark pigment along seams; double-hinged, with 11 scutes. Jaw and throat white or yellow, often spotted. Male has concave plastron; long, thick spine-tipped tail; and rough scale patches on insides of hind legs. Juveniles have a dark spot at rear edge of each carapace scute.

Yellow Mud Turtle

Ten Facts about Yellow Mud Turtle

  1. Length up to 3 1/2-6 3/8" (9-16.2 cm).
  2. The Yellow Mud Turtle has a lifespan of 15 years.
  3. Yellow Mud Turtles are omnivorous. Their diet includes worms, crayfish, frogs, snails, fish, fairy shrimp, slugs, leeches, tadpoles, and other aquatic insects and invertebrates.
  4. Females excavate a nest in the soil near a water source, deposit their eggs and exhibit a pattern of parental care.
  5. The female lays a clutch of 1-9 eggs.
  6. Attain Sexual maturity is reached in 6-7 years.
  7. Prefers quiet or slow-moving bodies of freshwater with mud or sandy bottoms.
  8. These turtles range throughout most of New Mexico and Oklahoma and parts of surrounding states including Nebraska, Kansas, Arizona, Colorado and Utah. They are found throughout Texas.
  9. The yellow mud turtle is capable of emitting a strong odor. When alarmed, it responds by secreting this odor from the musk glands that are found on each side of its body.
  10. Also known as Kinosternon flavescens.



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