red-cheek mud turtle hatchling

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cdmay

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This red-cheek mud turtle, Kinosternon scorpioides cruentatum, pipped on New Year's Eve.

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For a new hatchling it already has a lot of color (the plastron is actually pumpkin orange but the camera flash bleaches it to yellow) as hatchling cruentatum are often pretty blah looking until they are a couple of months old.
But I shouldn't be surprised as its mother is a real beauty herself.

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She is gorgouse.. In the pictures, what is she in? That sponge looking stuff.
 

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I've never seen one of those Carl do you have many of them? That is a beautiful baby and a beautiful mommy too. :D
 

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Candy---I used to have a nice group of these mud turtles but I gave them all to a friend this past summer who also breeds them.

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This was the last egg I was incubating from my best female. I may hang onto this hatchling just for sentimental reasons.
I love all mud turtles but red cheeks can be exceptionally beautiful animals. They are very responsive too.
 

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It reminds this novice of a redfoot tortoise, except for those big buggy eyes (adorable on your gorgeous baby, of course)! :p
 

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I love that first picture. It looks like they're whispering "sweet nothings" to each other...it should be on a Valentine's Day card. lol
What a gorgeous baby!
 
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