Striped mud turtle

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Striped mud turtle
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Kinosternon baurii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Kinosternidae
Genus: Kinosternon
Species: K. baurii
Binomial name
Kinosternon baurii[1]
(Garman, 1891)[1]
  • Cinosternum baurii Garman, 1891
  • Kinosternon baurii Lönnberg, 1894
  • Kinosternon bauri palmarum Stejneger, 1925
  • Kinosternon bauri bauri Mertens, Müller & Rust, 1934
  • Kinosternon baurii baurii Stejneger & Barbour, 1939
  • Kinosternon baurii palmarum Stejneger & Barbour, 1939

The striped mud turtle (Kinosternon baurii) is a species of turtle endemic to the United States.


The specific name, baurii, is in honor of herpetologist Georg Baur.[3]

Geographic range[edit]

Striped mud turtles are found in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.[1]


They have three light-colored stripes along the length of the smooth carapace. They can grow to 8–12 cm (3-4¾ inches) carapace length.

Habitat and behavior[edit]

Kinosternon baurii is a common species found in freshwater habitats. They wander about on land more than any other mud turtle and can sometimes be observed foraging for food in cow dung.


Striped mud turtles are omnivorous. They eat insects, snails, fish, carrion, algae, and plants.


As pets they are easy to care for, readily eating commercial turtle foods, feeder fish, worms, or if all else fails, turkey cold cuts. They tend to have ornery yet strangely endearing personalities and enjoy sunning themselves more than other mud turtles.


They nest from September to June. The eggs, which are slightly over 2,5 cm (1 in) long, hatch 13 to 19 weeks later. The hatchlings are about the size of the end of a typical man's thumb and, unlike the adult turtles, have keeled carapaces.


  1. ^ a b c d Rhodin 2010, p. 000.96
  2. ^ Fritz Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 251. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ The Reptile Database.
  • Reptile Database
  • National Audubon Society Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians, Alfred A. Knopf, (c)2000 Chanticleer Press, Inc., page 438-9.