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Painted Turtle
(Chrysemys picta)
Painted Turtle
The Painted Turtle has a black or greenish brown carapace with some red and yellow markings around the shell. The underside or plastron is yellow-orange with fine markings, looking like it has been painted. The plastron can be solid yellow, yellow... Read more >
Spotted Turtle
(Clemmys guttata)
Spotted Turtle
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... Read more >
Chicken Turtle
(Deirochelys reticularia)
Chicken Turtle
The Chicken Turtle has a long neck with yellow stripes and a yellow stripe on the forelegs and rear legs. The carapace is olive to dark brown. with a net-like pattern. Females are usually larger than males. Male shave a longer, thicker tail. The... Read more >
Blanding's Turtle
(Emydoidea blandingii)
Blanding's Turtle
Blanding's Turtle is a semi-aquatic turtle with a bright yellow chin and throat. The carapace is domed and oblong when viewed from above. The carapace is dark with yellow or light-speckles or streaks. The plastron, or underside is yellow with dark... Read more >
Wood Turtle
(Glyptemys insculpta)
Wood Turtle
Adult Wood Turtles have a brown to gray-brown carapace. The shell has a low central keel and has a rough sculptured appearance. There are sometimes yellow streaks down the centre of the carapace. The plastron is yellow with black blotches at the... Read more >
Bog Turtle
(Glyptemys muhlenbergii)
Bog Turtle
The Bog Turtle is one of the smallest turtles in the world. It has a dark brown or black carapace, and may have radiating light lines on the back. The head, neck, and legs are dark brown with some reddish or yellow spots and streaks. There is a... Read more >
Barbour's Map Turtle
(Graptemys barbouri)
Barbour's Map Turtle
Barbour's Map Turtle has an olive green carapace with fine yellow and gray markings. It has black tipped spines, on the 2nd 3rd and 4th vertebrae. The underside is yellowish. The head is gray with prominent yellowish markings. Read more >
Common Map Turtle
(Graptemys geographica)
Common Map Turtle
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Mississippi Map Turtle
(Graptemys kohnii)
Mississippi Map Turtle
The Mississippi Map Turtle is brown with fine gray and yellowish markings. It has stripes on the neck and crescent shaped light spots behind the eyes, which stop the neck stripes from reaching the eye. The skin is olive to brown with narrow yellow... Read more >
Black knobbed Map Turtle
(Graptemys nigrinoda)
Black knobbed Map Turtle
The Black knobbed Map Turtle is a small to medium size turtle. It has characteristic large black knobs projecting up from the keel. The carapace has The skin is light gray with yellowish pattern. The underside (plastron) has a pattern of a few... Read more >
False Map Turtle
(Graptemys pseudogeographica)
False Map Turtle
The False Map Turtle carapace is olive, brown, or black with dark blotches surrounded by yellow lines. The lines can form a fine web pattern over the shell. The markings are more prominent on young turtles. The carapace has serrated edges and a keel... Read more >
Alabama Map Turtle
(Graptemys pulchra)
Alabama Map Turtle
The Alabama Map Turtle is a moderate-sized map turtle. The carapace is brown or dark olive with a series of concentric fine yellow markings on the dorsal scales. The back has a keel with prominent knobs. There is a black medial stripe down the... Read more >
Diamondback Terrapin
(Malaclemys terrapin)
Diamondback Terrapin
The Diamondback Terrapin has a prominent diamond pattern on the shell. The shell color varies from brown to gray. Skin color can be gray, brown, yellow or white, with a pattern of fine black markings or spots on the body and head. Read more >
Cooter
(Pseudemys floridana)
Cooter
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Florida Redbelly Turtle
(Pseudemys nelsoni)
Florida Redbelly Turtle
The Florida Redbelly Turtle is closely related to the Peninsula Cooter (P. floridana). The two species can often be found basking on logs together. The carapace is dark with indistinct yellowish or brownish pattern. The Florida Redbelly Turtle has a... Read more >
Texas River Cooter
(Pseudemys texana)
Texas River Cooter
The Texas River Cooter is a fairly large greenish brown turtle. The skin has yellow and black striped markings that fade with age. Males have longer tails and longer claws than females. They are excellent swimmers. Read more >
Eastern Box Turtle
(Terrapene carolina)
Eastern Box Turtle
Eastern Box Turtles have a high, dome-like carapace. The carapace is brown or black with yellow or orange pattern of radiating lines, spots or blotches. The skin is usually brown with some yellow, purple or white spots or streaks. Younger turtles... Read more >
Desert Box Turtle
(Terrapene ornata luteola)
Desert Box Turtle
The Desert Box Turtle is a dull brown turtle, with indistinct darker markings. The skin is dark with some yellowish or greenish markings. The head may have some greenish markings. Young turtles have brighter markings than older turtles. Males... Read more >
Red-eared Slider
(Trachemys scripta)
Red-eared Slider
The Red-eared Slider gets its name from the broad red or orange stripe behind each eye. Adult turtles have a dull olive green carapace. Young hatchlings have a green carapace and skin with yellow green to dark green markings and stripes. Some older... Read more >