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World Turtle fact sheets

Big-headed Turtle (Platysternon megacephalum)

May 23, 2017

Taxonomy Class: Reptilia Order: Testudines Family: Platysternidae Genus: Platysternon Species: megacephalum Description The big-headed turtle is appropriately named.  Its head is so large that it cannot be withdrawn into its shell. The yellowish or olive-brown […]

Eastern Mud Turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum)

May 23, 2017

The mud turtle is a small, nondescript reptile, measuring 3-4 inches (7.5-10 cm). The carapace (upper shell) is olive to dark brown to almost black, patternless, smooth and keelless. It has only 11 marginal scutes […]

Bog Turtle (Clemmys muhlenbergii)

May 23, 2017

The bog turtle reaches a maximum length of 4.5 inches.  A bright yellow or orange blotch on each side of its head and neck are a distinctive feature of this species. The body color is […]

Blanding’s Turtle (Emys blandingii)

May 23, 2017

Blanding’s Turtle (Emys blandingii) Identification: Carapace smooth and dome like, black, often with yellow speckles. Plastron with crosswise hinge, yellow with black outer blotches. Head and upper neck black, throat and lower neck bright yellow. […]

Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

May 23, 2017

Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) Identification: Broad gray, brown, or olive (often algae covered) carapace with jagged rear edge. Plastron small, cross shaped. Tail very long, topped with row of large triangular scales. Adult carapace […]

Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera spinifera)

May 23, 2017

Spiny Soft-shell Turtle (Apalone spinifera spinifera) Identification: Smooth, flat, “rubbery,” skin-covered shell lacks scutes and has flexible edges. Brown or olive carapace covered with black circles and spots in males and juveniles, dark blotches in […]

Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata)

May 23, 2017

Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) Identification: Carapace smooth, black, covered with scattered round yellow spots. Plastron without a hinge. Head black with yellow or orange spots and blotches. Lower jaw of male is brown or black; […]