The Oaxaca Mud Turtle (Kinosternon oaxacae)

… is a species of mud turtle (family Kinosternidae), endemic to Mexico. Both the common name and the scientific name derive from Oaxaca, a Mexican state. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated this species as “data deficient” as there is insufficient information available to judge its conservation status.

The male Oaxaca mud turtle can grow to a carapace length of about 160 mm (6 in) with females a little smaller.

The diet probably consists mostly of plant material, but small animals such as tadpoles, shrimps, beetles and fish are also eaten. These turtles are most active in the rainy season which lasts from June to October…

(read more: Wikipedia)

photograph by
Vicente Mata-Silva

Hey! you look like our handsomest friend @JeffMusk 

Anyone in the Boston area have room for a baby “mud turtle” in need of a new home??

Note- he’s listed as a mud turtle but I had my doubts and I have some agreement. Possibly a slider of some sort (Though the feet  have me unsure). 


I avoid the pets section on craigslist like the plague (breaks my heart) but this little guy was listed in the free section. Really hoping he doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. I would adopt him immediately if I had the finances/space to give him the home he deserves.

click here for the ad.

Note he was a gift for an ex girlfriend. This is why giving pets as gifts is a really bad idea. Preparation, research and a full commitment is vital to raising a happy and healthy animal. 

Anyone up for the job??