Kinosternon baurii, 14 July 2019

Kinosternon baurii, the Striped mud turtle;
Volusia county, Florida (14 July 2019).

The Striped mud turtle is a small, fairly common turtle that frequents the freshwaters of Volusia County, Florida, as well as most of Florida and the eastern edge of the United States. Their carapace usually grows to only around three to four inches in length; they are truly quite small. Still, what they may lack in girth they make up for in spunk. The Striped mud turtle can be a surprisingly active (and reactive) turtle when so inspired. This little one was on the brink of furiously swimming down through the growth, quickly disappearing from the view above.

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