Any of a number of drab-coloured freshwater turtles that often haul themselves out on to mudbanks, in particular:
- An American turtle with scent glands that produce an unpleasant odour (genus Kinosternon, family Kinosternidae). An African side-necked turtle (genus Pelusios, family Pelomedusidae). An Asian softshell (genera Lissemys and Pelochelys, family Trionychidae)..
- Some, such as the yellow mud turtle, burrow deeper into the soil shortly after hatching, finding safety below the frost line.
- In 2002, the Arizona Game and Fish Department began working to develop a conservation agreement for the Sonoyta mud turtle, which is a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act.
- Suspended languidly in the water, a Sonoran mud turtle poked about slowly, ‘going nowhere in plenty of time,’ as N. Scott Momaday would say.
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