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Yellow Mud Turtle

Yellow mud turtle is a species of turtle found only in the central United States and northeastern Mexico. The omnivorous turtle is seasonally diurnal.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Kinosternidae
    Subfamily Kinosterninae
    Genus Kinosternon
    Scientific Name Kinosternon flavescens


    Other Names Yellow-necked mud turtle
    Size 10.2 to 15.2 cm (4.02 to 5.98 in)
    Weight Around 391 g (13.78 oz)
    Color Olive, brown or tan upper shell  with yellow to brown underside of the shell; scutes on the upper shell are bordered in black; yellowish chin and cheeks
    Distribution Midwestern and Southwestern United States (Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois,  Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas), northeastern Mexico
    Habitat Small temporary and permanent ponds with muddy bottoms with scanty or no vegetation; in arid regions, it can be found in cattle tanks, sewer drains and ditches,; when the ponds and ditches dry up, it can be found buried below the mud
    Diet Worms, crayfish,  fish, frogs, slugs, leeches, snails, tadpoles, also feed on vegetation and dead and decaying matter
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter by burying themselves underground
    Predators Skunks, raccoons, water snakes, large predatory fish, other turtles
    Breeding Season July through September
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 1 to 9 eggs
    Incubation Period 2 to 3 months
    Reproductive Age Male: 4 to 7 years
    Female: 5 to 8 years

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    Published on September 12th 2017 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 5th July 2018.

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