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Spotted Turtle

Clemmys guttata
  • 9-11.5 cm; record 12.7cm
  • Smooth black carapace with bright yellow or orange spots; spots fade in older turtles
  • Plastron yellow-orange with large black blotch on each scute
  • Males have tan chin and brown eyes; females have yellow chin and orange eyes
  • Head, neck, limbs and tail are grey to black with yellow spots; inside of legs washed with orange
  • Most active in spring; often seen basking on tufts of vegetation in shallow water
  • Lays 3-8 oval, white, flexible-shelled, leathery eggs