Hidalgo Co., Texas. February 23, 1994.
Bill Sielschott (my father-in-law) and I were walking down a trail at Laguna Atascosa when we saw a small pothole of a pond off to one side. I said “Hey, let’s check that out – looks like a good place for yellow muds.” When we reached the pond’s edge, we could see the bottom under about a foot or so of water, and sure enough, there was indeed a Kinosternon flavescens trundling about. I waded in and plucked her right off the bottom! Needless to say I was feeling pretty smug about the whole thing – it’s not every day you can make a call like that! We took a few pictures and then I returned the turtle to the pond.
The Kinosternon flavescens pictured here was found crossing the road near Marathon, Texas, in 2016. There was no visible water in sight; this species is tough, spending a great portion of any given year buried in the mud, waiting for the rains to return.
HerpMapper records for this species are here.