The primary aim of this research is to map phenotypic traits onto a phylogeny created by John Iverson which he created using the molecular markers in the DNA of roughly forty species of mud turtles. Utilizing the phylogeny of the genetic variation with physical traits mapped on it the group's goal is to try an answer a few simple questions. How does habitat correlate to the physical characteristics of mud turtles? How do the traits correspond to species recognition and sexual selection? The use of John Iverson's molecular phylogeny is the most recent and complete genetic phylogeny done on this family of turtles to date. The species were tested and compared using three regions of the mitochondrial genome, the entire cytochrome b sequence, and the partial 12S and 16S rRNA genes. Also, three nuclear fragments of the C-mos, RAG1, and RAG2 genes (Iverson et al. 2013). Other genetic phylogenies have been created using similar genetic markers, yet no other has been compiled using the numerous amount of genetic markers like the one Iverson created.