Arizona Mud Turtle

Kinosternon arizonense

The Arizona mud turtle is a species of mud turtle in the Kinosternidae family. It is found in Arizona and Sonora .
An Arizona Mud Turtle, a couple of hundred miles south of Arizona These turtles are extremely stinky. Oh my, they are stinky. Arizona mud turtle,Geotagged,Kinosternon arizonense,Mexico,Summer

Appearance

The turtle’s body varies in color. The carapace tends to be brown, olive or a yellow-brown in color. The marginal shields, which can be described as the rim around the shell is yellow. In addition, the lower portion of the shell, also known as the plastron, is yellow as well. The top of the head is grey in color and the sides are cream. One thing that separates them from other species of turtles is that the first and second marginal shield do not connect.

Behavior

The Arizona mud turtle can be located in the Lower Colorado River Lower Colorado River Sonoran Desertscrub,Arizona Upland Sonoran Desertscrub, and Semidesert Grassland communities. The Arizona mud turtle’s activity occurs during the day. It also is active at night but specifically in July and August in monsoon season. Because it is warm during this period, they tend to spend most of their time in the water, hence why they are known as semi aquatic. During the winter months, they hibernate in an underground burrow. Their diet consists of toads, tadpoles, fish, invertebrates and carrion. The Arizona mud turtle lays one to seven eggs and mates primarily in the summer.
Female turtles tend to grow between 12 and 13 cm and have life span from 6 to 10 years age.

Habitat

The Arizona mud turtle can be located in the Lower Colorado River Lower Colorado River Sonoran Desertscrub,Arizona Upland Sonoran Desertscrub, and Semidesert Grassland communities. The Arizona mud turtle’s activity occurs during the day. It also is active at night but specifically in July and August in monsoon season. Because it is warm during this period, they tend to spend most of their time in the water, hence why they are known as semi aquatic. During the winter months, they hibernate in an underground burrow. Their diet consists of toads, tadpoles, fish, invertebrates and carrion. The Arizona mud turtle lays one to seven eggs and mates primarily in the summer.
Female turtles tend to grow between 12 and 13 cm and have life span from 6 to 10 years age.

Predators

The species is considered threatened, because there has been ranching, agriculture and flood control taking place in the Sonoran Desert. Establishing themselves in wetlands also exposes them to climate and habitat degradation. An adult Arizona mud turtle usually will survive these conditions, however. Road mortality is also likely to affect this species. On the positive side, the Arizona mud turtle adapts and benefits from pond reconstruction performed by humans.

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Status: Vulnerable
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderTestudines
FamilyKinosternidae
GenusKinosternon
SpeciesK. arizonense
Photographed in
Mexico