Definition of mud turtle
- any of a number of drab-coloured freshwater turtles that often haul themselves out on to mudbanks, in particular:
- an American turtle with scent glands that produce an unpleasant odour (genus Kinosternon, family Kinosternidae). an African side-necked turtle (genus Pelusios, family Pelomedusidae). an Asian softshell (genera Lissemys and Pelochelys, family Trionychidae).