Spotted Turtle

The Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) is a turtle that is found in the eastern United States and southern Canada. This species inhabits a variety of shallow, freshwater regions such as marshes, wet meadows, bogs, and woodland streams.

The Spotted Turtle grows between 4 to 5 inches long. The upper shell (carapace) ranges from black to bluish-black in color with a number of yellow or cream-colored small round spots. Adult males have grown eyes and a tan chin. The females have orange eyes and a yellow chin.

Young spotted turtles are mostly carnivorous, eating insects, such as crickets, worms, snails and fish. As spotted turtles age they will consume some vegetation, but adults’ diets will primarily consists of protein-rich foods such as insects, fish, snails, and crustaceans. All food that is consumed is done so underwater, as spotted turtles, like other aquatic species, cannot swallow food out of water. Spotted turtles will hunt on land, however, and bring their catch back into the water for consumption.