Yellow Mud Turtle

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Scientific name: Kinosternon flavescens

The basics:
The Yellow Mud Turtle is a small, olive-colored turtle which is native to the central United States. Yellow Mud Turtles inhabit aquatic systems, preferably with muddy bottoms, such as ponds, cattle tanks and lakes. They also commonly are found in canals, ditches and other slow-moving waterways.

Like other turtles, the Yellow Mud Turtle spends time basking in the sun. Although these turtles are aquatic, they often leave the water to find food, to nest, or even to migrate to another area if their home dries up.

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.

Appearance / health:
The Yellow Mud Turtle's name comes from the yellow-colored areas on its throat, head, and sides of its neck. The bottom shell is yellow to brown with two hinges, allowing the turtle to close each end separately. The male's tail has a blunt spine on the end, but the female's tail does not.

Yellow Mud Turtles are omnivorous. Their diet includes worms, crayfish, frogs, snails, fish, fairy shrimp, slugs, leeches, tadpoles and other aquatic insects and invertebrates. They also eat vegetation and dead and decaying matter.

Studies show that mating among these turtles in captivity was stimulated by the addition of fresh water to their aquariums. The addition of fresh water may simulate newly fallen rain, suggesting that in nature they may mate after a rain shower. Nesting in Texas occurs during June. Females lay one to six hard, white eggs into the nest. The young turtles that hatch look like miniature adults.


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