Until now, studies linked softshell turtles with a smaller semi-aquatic group called mud turtles
, despite the fact that softshells appear in the fossil record long before their mud-loving counterparts.
In yellow-bellied sliders (Trachemys scripta scripta), Florida cooters (Pseudemys floridana), and common mud turtles
(Kinosternon subrubrum), last clutches have fewer eggs than clutches laid earlier (Gibbons et al.
Similar to common snapping turtles, mud turtles
are a common, statewide inhabitant of Louisiana waters, including ponds, marshes, ditches, and soft-bottomed waterways.
As the botanist Luther Bur-bank says: "Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs and mud turtles
, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb, brooks to wade in .
Exceptions to this trend include Yellow mud turtles
(Kinosternon flavescens), for which most scute samples were comparable to or higher than liver samples in Hg; and Blackbreasted leaf turtles (Geoemyda spengleri), for which scute Hg greatly exceeded liver Hg.
Colorful, happy sketches, landscapes populated with familiar wetland plants and animals, species portraits that are surreal and stylized, yet easily recognizable; pink-bellied amphiumas and yellow-bellied bluegills, living in their natural settings with cattails, chickadees, mud turtles
, red-admiral butterflies, tumble bugs, and sweetgums.
Blue Reef's Zahra d'Aronville said: "It's particularly appropriate for the campaign to be visiting us as the aquarium has recently opened a new feature which is home to a group of illegally imported mud turtles
Evidence for the use of chemosensory cues by the alligator snapping turtle Macroclemys temminckii to detect the presence of musk and mud turtles
Highly aquatic, Sonoyta mud turtles
spend a good deal of time creeping slowly and methodically along the bottom of pools looking for food.
In 1996, the kids donated $1,000 for a river otter reintroduction project, and in 1997 they raised more than $1,000 to help acquire habitat for endangered mud turtles
You would catch mud turtles
, you trapped muskrats and mink and fox; the whole community life centered on it," he recalls.
Terrestrial activity and habitat selection of eastern mud turtles
(Kinosternon subrubrum) in a fragmented landscape: implications for habitat management of golf courses and other suburban environments.