Definition of mud turtle in English:

mud turtle

Syllabification: mud tur·tle


  • Any of a number of drab-colored freshwater turtles that often crawl onto mudbanks, in particular.
    • an American turtle with scent glands that produce an unpleasant odor (genus Kinosternon, family Kinosternidae).an African side-necked turtle (genus Pelusios, family Pelomedusidae).an Asian soft-shell (genera Lissemys and Pelochelys, family Trionychidae).
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    • 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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