Kinosternon subrubrum, the Eastern mud turtle;
Lowndes county, Georgia (19 April 2013).
Though I’ve relaunched Floridensis with a decent jumpstart of lizard and snake biodiversity, I feel I’ve under-represented our anapsid inhabitants of the region thus far. With that in mind, allow me to add the Eastern mud turtle to the site. A fairly small turtle with a relatively large head and neck, this is what an Eastern mud turtle’s face looks like when it’s not, you know, drenched in mud. This species is extremely aquatic and doesn’t bask out in the open nearly as much as most of our freshwater turtle species.