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Mud turtle???? Help

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  1. Parais11

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    D9E79B15-B9FF-42F2-9C57-BCEDF5644F01.jpeg Hello everyone. Does anyone know what type of turtle this is? I believe a musk, but anyone out there know? Thank you all and happy holidays to all!

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    Probably a common musk turtle. Did you notice that he's invisible? When they close their eyes like that it means that you can't see them.
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    LOL. Thank you!
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    Looks more like a common snapping turtle to me.
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    I agree.
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    i also agree - Common Snapping Turtle
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    Thx all. Happy holidays and happy new year!
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    This is my common snapping turtle Elvis, I made a collage for comparison. Me and my hubby argued whether it was a snapping turtle or not lol. I see tons of color differences between the two. I'm guessing it's a common musk turtle but I could be wrong. It is beautiful though I really love the coloring on that fella

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    Lots of color variation from black to brown with snappers. Absolutely no question this is a snapper. The pointy carapace scutes are an easy identifier and extremely distinctive.
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    I know there is one sure way to tell if it is a snapper his tail i was just looking at my snapper and his tail is prehistoric. I'm sure you're right i just have never seen a snapper with that light of coloration it's gorgeous honestly
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    This is a light colored common snapper that after being moved outside for a couple years kept some of the light skin colors but the shell turned dark brown.After about 5 years it looked snapper copy 2.jpg like all the other common snapping turtles In the first pick that @Parais11 posted you can see the tip of it's long tail on the left side.
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    Wow! I'm lost for words at how bright that one is. Up here the only ones I see are really dark green and or black. Even Elvis is blacker than night thank you for sharing the picture
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    Look out for the snapper part.
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    A face only a mother could love.
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    Heyyyy! They're adorable. Especially when they're tame.
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