Eastern Mud Turtle Kinosternon subrubrum    Synonyms: Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Reptilia   >   Order Testudines   >   Family Kinosternidae   >   Genus Kinosternon   

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The Eastern Mud Turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum) is a small, nondescript species of turtle, often encountered away from water. This turtle is at home in a variety of vegetated shallow water habitats with a muddy bottom, including ponds, ditches, swamps and marshes. It is also quite tolerant of brackish water, and has an affinity for tidal marshes and barrier islands (Conant & Collins, 1998). This turtle has two hinged plates on the plastron, allowing it to close its shell more effectively In Maryland, this turtle is known primarily from the coastal plain and piedmont, west to Washington Co. (Maryland DNR website). Harris (1975) lists the species as occurring west to Garrett Co.

There are 433 records in the project database.

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An Eastern Mud Turtle in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (7/26/2018). Photo by Mark Johnson. (MBP list)

An Eastern Mud Turtle found in Dorchester Co., Maryland (5/27/2007). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

An Eastern Mud Turtle in Cecil Co., Maryland (6/9/2015). Photo by Mark Johnson. (MBP list)

An Eastern Mud Turtle in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/6/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Eastern Mud Turtle in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/27/2015). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Eastern Mud Turtle in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/27/2015). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Eastern Mud Turtle in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/27/2015). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

An Eastern Mud Turtle in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/28/2016). Photo by Mark Johnson. (MBP list)

An Eastern Mud Turtle in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/3/2013). Photo by Mikey Lutmerding. (MBP list)

Eastern Mud Turtle in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (5/14/2016). Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

Eastern Mud Turtle in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (5/14/2016). Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

An Eastern Mud Turtle in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (9/15/2018). Photo by Ben Springer. (MBP list)

An Eastern Mud Turtle at Andelot Farm, Kent Co., Maryland (6/24/2014). Photo by Missy Kalb. (MBP list)

An Eastern Mud Turtle in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (4/26/2016). Photo by Sheila Maestas. (MBP list)

An Eastern Mud Turtle in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/30/2014). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

Eastern Mud Turtle in Harford Co., Maryland (6/7/2018). (c) Josh Emm, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

An Eastern Mud Turtle in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (4/26/2016). Photo by Sheila Maestas. (MBP list)

Eastern Mud Turtle in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (6/13/2020). (c) Emilio Concari, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

An Eastern Mud Turtle in Dorchester Co., Maryland (6/23/2014). Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)

An Eastern Mud Turtle at Andelot Farm, Kent Co., Maryland (6/24/2014). Photo by Missy Kalb. (MBP list)

Eastern Mud Turtle in Somerset Co., Maryland (4/11/2021). (c) Stephen John Davies, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Stephen John Davies via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

An Eastern Mud Turtle in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/25/2020). Photo by Rick Borchelt. (MBP list)

A juvenile Eastern Mud Turtle in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/3/2011). Photo by Robert Aguilar, SERC. (MBP list)

An Eastern Mud Turtle in Somerset Co., Maryland (6/26/2007). Photo by Nancy Martin. (MBP list)

A female Eastern Mud Turtle laying eggs in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/9/2012). Photo by Janice Browne. (MBP list)

Eastern Mud Turtle in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (5/27/2017). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)


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