CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Striped Mud Turtle (Kinosternon bauri)
Jorja found this one under the live oak tree. I’ve had them dig and nest in the past but despite protecting and monitoring locations, haven’t seen any eggs hatch. These are a pretty shy bunch. They shut themselves into the shell until you go away.
Learn more: http://srelherp.uga.edu/turtles/kinbau.htm
Shown under Florida Native Plant: LIVE OAK (Quercus virginiana)