Striped Mud Turtle

Kinosternon baurii

Description:  Adults reach 3.5 to 4.5 inches long.  The black or brown shell has three yellowish longitudinal lines down the back.  The plastron is olive-yellow to orange with dark pigment outlining each scute.   The head is basically dark with two prominent stripes on each side.

Range: They occur in most freshwater and some brackish water throughout the peninsular Florida and the Keys.

Habitat:  Ponds, lakes, swamps, marshes, canals, estuaries, and other such brackish waters.

Diet:
Wild: Fish and water bugs
Zoo: Minnows, crickets, and turtle pelleted diet.

Reproduction: Adult females lay several clutches of 1 to 4 eggs. The nesting site may be along the water edge or in thick floating mats. Incubation takes 3 to 4 months.