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Three-Striped Mud Turtles: BOLD & PINSTRIPE

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    I mentioned the online resource (linked above) because it took a really long time to find any reference (especially a credible reference) to Kinosternon baurii having barbels. There are some species of mud and musk turtles where the literature readily mentions barbels, and even how many sets there may be on individuals of a particular species.

    Three-striped mud turtles are small to begin with, and Bold and Pinstripe are hatchlings, which makes them even smaller. I've been looking forward to them growing just so we can SEE MORE DETAIL (without a magnifying glass)!

    So far, I have been able to distinguish a pair of barbels at the front of each turtle's chin. They have to be at just the right angle to spot their barbels, though. I'm beginning to wonder if there's another set of barbels more towards the neck of each turtle. Any thoughts?
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  4. Pastel Tortie

    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    There are two Marimo moss balls in the mud turtle tank. One of them looks basically the same as when we got it and set the tank up.
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    The other one is looking less LIKE a BALL and more like the turtles HAD a BALL with it.
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    I even tried squishing and squeezing back together into its former lopsided ball shape. Not happening.
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    Meet the Foreman of our Tiny Turtle Marimo Moss Ball Demolition Crew...
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    PINSTRIPE says Hello and proudly shows off the tiny turtles' work.
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    I hear they offer significant discounts for TFO members on in-tank landscaping... ;)
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    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Who said we don't fit?
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    Well done Pinstripe. When and if I ever get a turtle I will come ask for some interior design ideas for the tank. [emoji6]
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    Finally have mug shots to compare the two faces of the tiny turtles!

    PINSTRIPE
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    Hate to say it but Bold has the more distinguished look going on [emoji23]
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    I beg to differ!!! :D
    PINSTRIPE has the MOST adorable face!!!!!:):<3:
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    WAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! :D "Tiny Turtle Marimo Moss Ball Demolition Crew!" THAT'S PRICELESS!!!!:D:D:D
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    Love it. Although Pinstripe has the bold look where as Bold has a naughty look. [emoji23] [emoji23]
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    I'll agree with you there! Bold is up to something...or soon will be!!! ;)
    Pinstripe appears focused and intent: Probably an Introvert, like me!!
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    I have to wonder if Pinstripe will grow out of that sweet little baby turtle face, as he/she gets older and larger. Pinstripe weighs a fraction of what Bold does right now.

    Bold hasn't made any escape attempts since (before) we renovated their enclosure. So far, I have not come home to Bold trying to use the thermometer wire as a rope. Nor have I found Bold (or Pinstripe) on top of the filter / waterfall. Thank goodness.
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    If they're anything like Jacques, they'll keep their coloring.
    Her face is just as adorable now as it was when she was teeny- even better, I think, because her slightly large size makes her markings easier to see. :<3:
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    And I have to say, AGAIN, what a FANTASTIC job your photographer does!!!!
    Those photos are AMAZING!!!! :<3:

    Then there's ME: my hubby is a professional photographer, but I have to practically twist his arm to get him to take a photo of Jacques or Elsa! :confused:
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    Must mean that they love their new place.
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    Well then make him earn his supper. So many photos for a plate of food. [emoji6]
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