Alamos Mud Turtle

Kinosternon alamosae
Berry & Legler, 1980
Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. August 24th, 2011.

This mud turtle was found crossing a road above the town of Alamos one evening during a rain storm. Kinosternids are notoriously shy, and difficult to photograph; I’ve learned to place the turtle where I want it, back off about ten feet or so, and then use the telephoto zoom to get my shots. The diagnostics for this species include the wide 1st vertebral scute (the sutures touch the second marginals), and the raised tenth marginal scute near the back legs. Additional information about Kinosternon alamosae can be found in this account by John Iverson.

My Flickr album for this species is here.

HerpMapper records for this species are here.

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