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Sonoran Desert Reptiles
Kinosternon sonoriense (Sonoran mud turtle)

 

 

Diet: crustaceans, insects, worms, fish, frogs
Size: 6¼", 16.5 cm

Identification: 3 1/8 - 6 in. (7.9-16,5 cm). Resembles Yellow Mud Turtle, but lacks supraorbital ridges. Carapace has three lengthwise keels (except in very old individuals); 9th marginal shield not enlarged: bridge of plastron lacks lengthwise groove. Head and neck heavily mottled with contrasting light and dark markings. , Eats insects, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, crustaceans, worms, mollusks, amphibians, fish, carrion, and aquatic plants.


References

Excerpts from A FIELD GUIDE TO WESTERN REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS, 3/e by Robert C. Stebbins. Copyright (c) 2003 by Robert C. Stebbins. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

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