Scorpion mud turtle

Kinosternon scorpioides

The Scorpion mud turtle is a species of mud turtle in the Kinosternidae family. It is found in Mexico, Central America and South America. This turtle relatively is a medium to large ''kinosternid'' with a domed, oval upper shell having a length of 92–270 mm . The males of this specie regularly exceed the size of 200 mm. The scorpion mud turtle is a highly aquatic, adaptable kinosternid that will live in almost any body of water. This turtle is primarily omnicarnivorous, who is also a glutton, and is feeding on a wide variety of aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates, including carrion. In captivity, poorly fed K. scorpioides can be cannibalistic, biting off the toes and limbs of conspecifics. Females probably lay 1–6 hard-shelled eggs. Like many kinosternids they probably construct a shallow terrestrial nest with little cover.
Kinosternon scorpioides  Kinosternon scorpioides,Scorpion mud turtle

Naming

*Scorpion mud turtle – ''Kinosternon scorpioides scorpioides''
⤷ Central Chiapas mud turtle – ''Kinosternon scorpioides abaxillare''
⤷ White-throated mud turtle – ''Kinosternon scorpioides albogulare''
⤷ Red-cheeked mud turtle – ''Kinosternon scorpioides cruentatum''

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderTestudines
FamilyKinosternidae
GenusKinosternon
SpeciesK. scorpioides
Photographed in
Costa Rica