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Kinosternidae

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Kinosternidae
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Subclass:Anapsida
Order:Testudines
Suborder:Cryptodira
Superfamily:Kinosternoidea
Family:Kinosternidae

Kinosternidae is a family of turtles that includes the Mud and Musk turtles. These turtles release a foul smelling musk when disturbed, hence the common name. They are native to North and South America.

The family Kinosternidae contains 22-23 species within either three or four genera, depending on the source. They inhabit slow-moving bodies of water, often with soft bottoms and abundant vegetation.

All members of the family are carnivores, feeding on crustaceans, aquatic insects, mollusks, annelids, amphibians, and small fish.

Classification

Family Kinosternidae

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