mud turtle


Definition of mud turtle

: any of a genus (Kinosternon) of American bottom-dwelling freshwater turtles with two transverse hinges on the plastron

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Recent Examples on the Web The Quitobaquito Springs also has been the only U.S. habitat for two endangered species, the Sonoyta pupfish and Sonoran mud turtle. National Geographic, "Nostalgia can cheer you up," 22 July 2020 The wall could cut off migration corridors and otherwise harm jaguars, mountain lions, Sonoyta mud turtles, San Bernardino springsnails and many other species. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: National parks fight; food rots as people go hungry," 5 Dec. 2017 The Sonoyta mud turtle, also endangered, lives only in the spring and nearby Rio Sonoyta in Sonora, Mexico. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Video shows groundwater drilling near sensitive spring as border wall construction continues," 21 Dec. 2019 That could endanger not just the spring’s existence but species in its waters such as the Quitobaquito pupfish and Sonoyta mud turtle, according to the National Park Service. Simon Romero, New York Times, "Tribal Nation Condemns ‘Desecration’ to Build Border Wall," 26 Feb. 2020

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1756, in the meaning defined above

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“Mud turtle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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