White-Throated Mud Turtle

Kinosternon scorpioides albogulare

Reptile | Colombia, San Andrés, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama

Animal Info

Like all turtles, mud turtles have a hard outer shell that helps them avoid being eaten. The plastron has two kinetic hinges generally with lobes, so they are able to completely close ventral openings of the shell.

This species is host to at least four different species of nematode parasites.


In the wild: Fruits, terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates (molluscs and arthropods), and dipteran larvae, which is common prey


Freshwater ponds with vegetation and macrophytes, slow running streams, swamps, floodable mangrove forests that are not permanently connected to the sea

Conservation Status

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – not evaluated

Extant populations have limited contact with humans. Some of their population is within already-protected areas, and they have a high population density; therefore are not considered threatened.