Mississippi Mud Turtle
A small, dark turtle with yellow stripes along the side of the head and neck, occurring in the swamps of southeastern Missouri. The upper shell is normally dark brown or black. The lower shell is normally yellow with a rich mottling of brown. There are usually two wide and irregular yellow stripes along each side of the head and neck. The tail of the male ends in a clawlike tip. Mud turtles give off an offensive, musky odor when captured.
Similar species: The yellow mud turtle (K. flavescens flavescens) is restricted to the far southwestern corner, the Kansas City region, and a few northeastern counties.