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Pet Turtle species fact sheets

Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle (Chelodina mccordi)

May 23, 2017

Taxonomy Class: Reptilia Order: Testudines Family: Chelidae Genus: Chelodina Species: mccordi Description The Roti Island snake-necked turtle is a moderate-sized freshwater species. The carapace (top shell) has a distinctive light gray-brown or a darker chestnut […]

Common Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica)

May 23, 2017

Common Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica) Identification: Green, olive, or brown carapace has irregular (“map like”) markings and a low central keel. Plastron light yellow. Narrow yellow stripes on head and limbs; yellow spot behind eye. […]

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)

May 23, 2017

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Identification: The high, domed carapace is dark with a radiating pattern of yellow or orange. Plastron with flexible hinge, allowing complete shell closure. Head and legs with yellow markings. […]