Eastern Mud Turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum)

Eastern Mud Turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum)

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia >> Phylum: Chordata >> Subphylum: Vertebrata >> Class: Reptilia >> Order: Testudines >> Family: Kinosternidae >> Genus: Kinosternon >> Species: K subrubum
Binomial Name:  Kinosternon subrubum
Conservation Status: Not Evaluated (IUCN 3.1)

Eastern Mud Turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum)

Photographer: Robert J Banach
Date: June 22nd 2015
Location: Northside Park, Ocean City, MD [Map]

Facts About Eastern Mud Turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum)

  •  Also known at the Common Mud Turtle, it is endemic (unique to a specific area) to the United States
  • The Eastern Mud lives in freshwater environments, such as inland ponds, making this a unique find for the Ocean City peninsula area due to the salinity of the waters
  • Eastern Mud’s feed mostly on insects and small fish
  • The coloring of it’s shell is yellowish to brown, the head area is a yellowish gray mixed with brown, the legs and tail have a grayish appearance
  • Threats to the Eastern Mud are Raccoons and small rodents feeding on their eggs, Herons after adults, and humans for aquarium pets

Bottom of the shell of an Eastern Mud Turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum)

Learn More About  Eastern Mud Turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum)

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