One of the smallest, and best species to keep, Three Striped Mud Turtles (Kinosternon baurii), are a joy to have in a tank. They are very active, learn to recognize their keepers, and forage endlessly along the bottom of their tank. With the typical adult size of barely four inches, these are one of the world's smallest turtles. They are tiny when born - and well started hatchlings are only an inch long at best ...
Also known as Striped Mud Turtles, they are found from coastal South Carolina and Georgia, south through peninsular Florida and the Keys. Because much of their range has been heavily developed in recent decades, habitat destruction and road kills have threatened this species significantly. All range states now appropriately protect this species. Captive breeding of Three Striped Mud Turtles has made great strides in recent years - and they are now more available.
Three Striped Mud Turtles do not need a large tank - well started hatchlings are very small, and do well in the smallest of tanks, and a 20 gallon "long"aquarium can easily house 2 or 3 adults for life.
They like shallow water, with a bit of gravel & lots of underwater "tank furniture" (plastic plants, rocks, logs etc.). We raise ours on pellets, occasionally giving them cut fish, cut beef heart and small earth worms. They happily take any type of protein food, and they enjoy small insects & crustaceans - and will learn to eat from your hand, if you like. They get along with any similar sized mud or musk turtles -and because we save and raise them up to go with turtles you may already have - or to put them in a larger tank, we have them available in several sizes.
Remember, each turtle order comes with a free starter sample of the same Turtle diet your Turtle has been raised on - this will last one small turtle a few weeks - to order larger quantities, see the lower left side of this page. *
Three Striped Mud Turtle (Hatchling)
I was very impressed that Turtle Source researched the weather by my zip code to accommodate the best temperature for shipment to arrive at my door steps. The little guy arrived very healthy and ready for the water! I would definitely be looking forward to future turtles or tortoises from them. Thank you from a satisfied customer in Arizona!
The turtle arrived on time and has brought our family joy since. It has a lovely playful personality and charms us with its tree climbing skills.
active, very cute turtle
Shipping was fast and the packaging was very well done. The hatchling arrived healthy and ready to explore. It was scared for a while but roams the tank freely now (about a week later). Does not utilize basking area, but enjoys sitting under the heat lamp while still submerged water. Eats shrimp, snails, and even a little spinach. Only eats the pellets if she is very hungry. And be careful! Bites when handled.
Best pets ever
I have three stripes mud turtles and I can say they are the best pet ever' they are sweet very healthy and easy to maintain
Three Striped Mud Turtle
I brought 2 hatchlings , they arrived on time with food and was placed into their tank. WE went to work and came back home one of them was dead ): My turtle was replaced I had to pay $30 shipping AGAIN. BUT when our new turtle arrived … it arrived healthy and full of energy, is happy with his new sibling and loving his new home.
3 striped mud turtle
I just got my hatchling 2 weeks ago. So very tiny and that made me nervous. I babies it along for the first week and just yesterday I put it in a little, but correct enclosure. It eats good and is very lively and healthy. I'm ordering another one on Monday.
Three Striped turtle
There so cute.I want 3 more.10********** saler.Looking forward to more purchases.
Three Striped Mud Turtle
My turtle arrived super healthy just one day after the day I placed my order. They even checked the weather in my place to make sure the turtle were safe upon delivery. Great communication also (fast response to all of my questions). Thank you for your service. Definitely come back again in the future.
Three Stripe Mud Turtle
Arrived next day, healthy, hungry, and ready to explore. Very active and alert. They have been a joy to have and observe. Would absolutely recommend this type of turtle to anyone wanting something that stays small. Thank you Turtle Source!