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Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata)
Photograph by Ltshears. License: Public Domain. (view image details)
Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) at the Buffalo Zoo
Photograph by Dave Pape. License: Public Domain. (view image details)
SPOTTED TURTLE FACTSDescription
The Spotted Turtle is a small turtle. The carapace ranges from black to a blue-black with some small yellow or cream spots. Adult males have brown eyes and a tan chin. Adult females have orange eyes and a yellow chin. The genus Clemmys used to have four species (Bog Turtle, Spotted Turtle, Western Pond Turtle, Wood Turtle). The Bog Turtle and the Wood Turtle were moved to the genus Glyptemys, while the Western Pond Turtle has been moved to Actinemys.
length 10cm - 13cm
shallow freshwater marshes, wet meadows, bogs, woodland streams.
Adult Spotted Turtles eat some water plants, but main food is insects, fish, snails, crustaceans. They feed underwater. Young Spotted Turtles are mainly carnivorous and eat insects, worms, snails and small fish.
Nesting occurs from late May through June. Females lay a clutch of 1 to 8 eggs. The nest is dug in an open, sunny locations in moist well-drained soil, or where soil is unsuitable may be in vegetation such as decaying leaf litter) The eggs are oval with thin, flexible shells. Incubation takes from 44 - 83 days. Most young hatch and emerge from the nest in August or September.
Spotted Turtles are found in eastern United States around the eastern Great Lakes, east of the Appalachian Mountains, and southern Ontario in Canada
The Spotted turtles is kept as a pet in some states , but keeping them in captivity is illegal in some states, and in Canada, due to their vulnerable status
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "vulnerable".