Three Stripe Mud Turtle


Scientific Name:  Kinosternon baurii

Identification: 3-Striped mud turtles have the standard North American mud turtle form-factor; small oval-shaped turtle with a fairly well-developed & two-hinged plastron (more protection than a musk turtle at the cost of reduced mobility; like a musk there can be some skin between plastral seams in some) and a fairly large head (variable degree; useful for crushing snails). Overall coloration tends toward gray or black (skin and arapace coloration can vary widely), with about 3 variably distinct light stripes on the carapace. A pair of irregular horizontal yellow ‘lightning’ stripes run along the side of the face and head on each side. The top stripe runs past the eye out to the nose, like a stinkpot’s but unlike a Mississippi mud’s (which typically stop at the eye). Hatchlings’ carapaces have keels (somewhat like hatchling North American mud turtles), but lose this with age.
Range:  3-Striped mud turtles occur throughout Florida (except northeastern FL), up through southeastern Georgia and penetrate slightly into southern South Carolina 

Diet:  In the wild mud turtles generally are predominantly opportunistic omnivores with a strongly carnivorous bent, preying mainly on invertebrates (including snails) and supplementing opportunistically on carrion and other foods. Mud and musk turtles lack the means to capture fish as a primary food source, but their powerful jaws can crush small snails. They are often reluctant to take in vegetable matter in captivity (although they will eat the Spirulina algae wafers sold for algae-eating fish). In captivity they do well on pellets, occasionally giving them cut fish and small earth worms. They happily take any type of protein food, and enjoy small insects & crustaceans - and will learn to eat from your hand, if you like.

One of the smallest, and best species to keep, Three Striped Mud Turtles, are a joy to have in a tank. They are very active, learn to recognize their keepers, and forage endlessly along the bottom of their tank. With the typical adult size only slightly over four inches, these are one of the world's smallest turtles.  However, hatchlings are delicate, have a fairly high mortality rate in captivity & require somewhat complex specialist care much more so than musk turtles. We strongly recommend only the most dedicated and prepared keepers acquire hatchlings! At around 2-3” SCL they become quite hardy & from then on make fine beginner turtles.
Mud & musk turtle species may or may not tolerate one another; it’s thought male-male mixes and mixing species who look a great deal alike (i.e.: 3-striped muds, stinkpots, Mississippi muds) may be riskiest.  While any turtle can damage another, mud & musk have powerful jaws and damage can be swift and irreversible (they can literally bite legs clean off each other). Turtles generally are prone to males sexually harassing females (& males may attack unreceptive females, or females retaliate), which may necessitate separation. The smallest basking species (i.e.: male southern painteds, male Texas maps) could work with adult 3-stripeds.
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