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Spotted Turtle

Spotted turtles are small, semi-aquatic, omnivorous turtles found in the eastern United States and southern Canada. They are the only surviving species of the genus Clemmys.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Family Emydidae
    Subfamily Emydinae
    Genus Clemmys
    Scientific Name Clemmys guttata

    Size 3.5–12.5 cm
    Weight 0.5 to 0.75 lbs
    Color Base color is black to bluish black with varying number of yellow spots; spots are present on head, neck, and limbs; Yellow or orange-yellow underside with a black spot on each scute
    Distribution Southern Maine, Quebec, Ontario, Florida, central Indiana, Ohio, central Illinois, central Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina
    Habitat Swamps, bogs, marshes, fens, woodland and brackish streams, wet pastures, ditches, vernal pools, sedge meadows
    Diet Aquatic vegetation, green algae, aquatic insect larvae, worms, millipedes, spiders, slugs, crustaceans, salamanders, tadpoles, small fishes
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter months on the muddy bottoms of slow-moving, shallow waterways
    Predators Raccoons, skunks, muskrats, minks, otters, black bears, bald eagles
    Breeding Season March – May
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 3 to 6 eggs
    Incubation Period 73 to 83 days
    Reproductive Age 7 to 10 years of age
    Average Lifespan 25 to 30 years; however, in captivity, individuals can live up to 50 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Endangered

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    Published on October 31st 2016 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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