mud turtle


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lechowicz, who typically observes a very rare Florida mud turtle population in a small wetland on the island, hasn’t been able to reach the area in weeks. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 8 Nov. 2022 Amid the remains of deer, rabbit, mud turtle, mesquite, pine nuts, squash, and prickly pear, Flannery and his crew found those four scant specimens of corn. Sarah Laskow, The Atlantic, 1 Oct. 2022 The Quitobaquito Springs also has been the only U.S. habitat for two endangered species, the Sonoyta pupfish and Sonoran mud turtle. National Geographic, 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, 5 Dec. 2017 The Sonoyta mud turtle, also endangered, lives only in the spring and nearby Rio Sonoyta in Sonora, Mexico. Erin Stone, azcentral, 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, 26 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mud turtle was in 1756

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“Mud turtle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

mud turtle

: any of various turtles that live on the bottom of bodies of fresh water and are related to the musk turtles

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