Spotted Turtle

Clemmys guttata

Scientific Name

Spotted Turtle:  
Clemmys guttata

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Spotted turtles are confined to two main areas, the Eastern sea board (southern Maine to northern Florida) and the Great Lakes region, NY, PA, OH, IN, IL, NC, SC, Ontario and Quebec.

Natural Habitat

This handsome turtle prefers marshy meadows, bogs, swamps, ponds, ditches and other bodies of stagnant water.

Physical Characteristics

  • Bright yellow spots on the head, neck, legs and upper shell (carapace) clearly identifies the spotted turtle.  The bottom shell (plastron) is yellow and black.  Spotted turtles range in size from 3.5 to 5 inches.  The females may be slightly larger than the males.


Quick Facts

  1. The adult turtles consist of 100 spots all over their body.

  2. The Spotted Turtles are omnivorous.


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Conservation Status

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Our spotted turtles enjoy a daily diet of insects and fish. In the wild, they prefer to feed on green algae and aquatic vegetation. They also like to have larvae, worms, spiders, crustaceans, tadpoles & small fishes in their diet.