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Spotted Turtle

Scientific Name
Clemmys guttata
Eastern North America and parts of Canada
Marshes and other wetlands
Estimated Wild Population
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Spotted turtles have smooth, dark shells peppered with yellow spots. While their head is mostly dark, their face has lighter coloration and a few spots. Males and females differ in appearance. Males are more elongated, with larger tails, while females have rounder carapaces and are slightly larger than males overall. They eat a range of food, from aquatic seeds and greenery to worms, eggs, and carrion.

Did You Know?

The sex of hatchlings is dependent on incubation temperature. Lower temperatures result in male offspring and higher temperatures result in female offspring.

These smaller turtles are especially vulnerable on land, where they often fall prey to raccoons.

It takes a decade for these turtles to reach sexual maturity.

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