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Recent Random Red-cheek Photos

Discussion in 'Water turtles' started by cdmay, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. cdmay

    cdmay Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Red-cheek mud turtles, Kinosternon scorpioides cruentatum have been my favorite aquatic turtles since I was in high school many moons ago (the 70's!). I've kept and bred them off and on for a long time. About seven years ago I began to acquire them again after not keeping any for a few years. I started with some very newly hatched neonates from my good friend Eric Holt.
    In actual fact, the colors in these photos are faded from camera flash or transferring to Photobucket.
    But you get the idea. Red-cheeks can be incredibly nice looking 'mud' turtles!

    Young adult male, reflections...
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    Same male...
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    Six year+ old female, Peggy.
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    Another young adult male, picking up pellets...
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    Four year old female...
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    Young pair...
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    Juvenile female. Wild caught, Vera Cruz, Mexico...
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Wow, very pretty. Love the red nose. They would be great in a commercial for the Walgreens Red Nose Day.
    Shells are beautiful too.
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    Moozillion Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    GOSH!!!! That wild-caught guy from Vera Cruz is IN.CRED.IBLE!!!!!!:D
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    Moozillion Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Is red-cheeked mud turtle the same as other muds: like easterns etc?
    How big do they get? :)
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    cdmay Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    They tend to get larger...females up to 5.5 inches. Although some stay a good bit smaller. There are a number of populations.
    Plus, they are tropical so need to be kept warm in the winter.
    Otherwise, as easy as pie to keep.
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    Wow! How beautiful! Question: do females grow "whiskers" on their chins??? Very cute!!!
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    cdmay Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Both female and male mud turtles of the genus Kinosternon possess 'whiskers' or barbels. Some species have more than others. Peggy has some decent ones 'cause she's older than the others in this group. Don't quote me on this but I think members of the scorpioides group have three pairs, or a total of six barbels on their chins.
    See this site for a brief discussion: http://www.backyardnature.net/yucatan/mud-turt.htm
    Anyway, yes--female mud turtles (like female people) might have whiskers on their chins.
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    Hah! Olfactory nerve endings!!! So no "waxing" those out!!! :) lol ! thanks for that fascinating tidbit of info. Very cool
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    These are superb
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