Red-cheeked Mud Turtle (Kinosternon cruentatum)

The name Kinosternon was derived from the Greek words kinetos, meaning “movable” and sternon, meaning “chest,” in reference to the plastral hinges. The specific name scorpioides is derived from the Latin word “scorpio,” probably in reference to the horny spine on the tip of the tail. Together with the Latin ending “oides,” the full meaning translates to “similar to a scorpion”