Mississippi Mud Turtle

Mississippi Mud Turtle
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Scientific Name:  Kinosternon subrubrum hippocrepis

Identification: The brown to nearly black carapace is broad and smooth. The plastron is yellowish-brown and may be immaculate or bear some dark markings of brown or black. A double hinge is present on the plastron. The posterior portion of the plastron is notched on males. Among female specimens the notch is absent or reduced. The fleshy areas of the neck ,limbs and tail are gray to olive brown. The head is gray with a mottling of olive to brownish-gray. A pair of light colored stripes are present on either side of the head. The snout is pointed and squarish from a lateral profile. The jaws are usually lighter in color than the head and accented with dark specks.

Range:   Lower Mississippi river valley north to western Kentucky. West to central Texas
Diet:   In captivity, Does well on high quality turtle pellets such as Mazuri and ReptoMin, as well as earth worms, crawdads and feeder fish on occasion.

The Mississippi mud turtle is primarilly aquatic but ventures onto land during the morning and on overcast days just before and after rain showers. Depending upon the locality some populations (especially the southern ones) may remain active throughout most of the year.  They are frequent baskers, and will utilize an extensive land area if provided. Tank decorations such as rocks and aquatic plants are appreciated as these turtles like to prowl and explore their environment.   Mississippi mud turtles are less aquatic than musk turtles, and are poor swimmers by comparison. They are often shy, and need an extensive land area to feel comfortable and prosper. Water levels should be adjusted accordingly
Mississippi mud turtles do well in a community situation with basking turtles such as cooters and sliders provided the size difference is not too great. Water depth preference can be problematic when choosing tank mates in a community setting however. Great caution is advised when housing this species with others of its kind, or with closely related species. Aggression often occurs, and damage can be swift and irreversible.

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