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Mud Turtle

Kinosternon spp

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Description The large popularity of the Mud Turtle is mainly due to the fact that they are one of the easier turtles to care for.
Natural Location: Mid North American to Central South America
Average Lifespan: 30 to 40 years
Estimated Size: Up to almost 1'

Feeding & Water

Feeding for adult mud turtles should take place no more than 2 or 3 times per week. Since mud turtles are mostly carnivorous feed them items such as worms, crayfish, snails, fish and even some insects. The remainder of their diet can be made up of dark green leafy vegetables.

A calcium supplement is necessary for all mud turtles. If your turtle is housed indoors provide it with vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is vital to the growth of your turtles shell and without direct sunlight exposure it will not receive an adequate amount.


Temperature, Lighting & Humidity

An air temperature of approximately 80 degrees F to 85 degrees F and water temperature of 70 degrees F should be maintained in the enclosure. A basking spot of 90 degrees F is a good idea for mud turtles.

If your turtle does not make it outside very often it is a good idea to use a full spectrum UVB bulb to ensure your turtle receives adequate vitamin D3.



The water in your Mud Turtles aquarium should not be deeper than a few inches. This will allow them to easily reach the surface to breathe. A dry area such as a pile of rocks will be necessary so that the Mud Turtle will have a basking spot. You can also place some aquatic plants in the enclosure to help your mud turtle feel more safe and secure.

To reduce the risk of your turtle becoming ill, ensure that a high water quality is maintained. Frequent water changes and a good filtration system are the best way to keep the water clean.

Mud Turtles can be housed outside during warmer weather and is often recommended. Just be sure to secure the area to avoid having your turtle escape.


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