Eastern Mud Turtle | Congaree National Park (S.C.)

Kinosternon subrubrum
• Only needs a little standing water--likes ditch areas
• A type of musk turtle--known by shape of shell
• Tremendously long neck
• No teeth, but a strong jaw
Scavenger
• 7.6 - 12.4 cm (3 - 4 7/8 inches)
• Olive to dark brown smooth carapace with no pattern
• No enlarged marginal scutes
• Plastron yellow to brown, double hinged, with 11 scutes
• Sexually mature in 5 - 7 years
• Often seen crossing roads
• Mild tempered, but can be feisty and bite
• Habitats include fresh or brackish water, shallow, soft-bottomed, slow moving water with abundant vegetation

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