Eastern mud turtle Posted by Hello

The anterior end of this turtle is toward the bottom of the picture. The triangular pectoral scutes and the double hinged plastron lead me to believe it is an eastern mud turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum). Judging by the length of its tail, this turtle is a female. She wouldn't stick her head out to let me get a mug shot!


chryscat said...

You are so wildlife knowledgeable. I'm like "Hey! It's a turtle." hehehe
I have a little turtle story for you.
We had a tiny turtle in a tank. When we moved out here to the boonies we decided to let it go in the pond with the express promise we would never harm it. We've got those loathsome loggerheads in the pond. We marked it's back with an X in gold fingernail polish.
We caught it last year. It still had the X. And it was BIG!

Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

It was likely BIG because you changed it's appearance, the girls didn't like him anymore and he had to self-medicate himself with junk food. Wait! Maybe I should remove this big X from my forehead!?

Nah, that won't work either. :(

Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

And these laagerheads...are in they in a circle by chance?

SquirrleyMojo said...

i love it when you talk all technical!!

chryscat said...

Hey now! He was styling with the gold nail polish. More than likely all the other turtles thought he was some type of turtle God, and he was waited on hand and foot.