Pond and marsh turtles (family Emydidae
) comprise the largest family of living turtles, including those listed on this page as well as diamondback terrapins
, cooters and sliders
, and box turtles
The Spotted Turtle
, Clemmys guttata
, is found in slow moving streams in north Florida. Its shell, legs, and head are black spotted with yellow. It may grow to 5" long.
The Florida Chicken Turtle
, Deirochelys reticularia chrysea
, is found in quiet waters statewide. It has a netlike pattern of yellow lines on its oblong brown green shell, yellow stripes on its head, neck, hind legs and tail, and a yellow band on each front leg. It grows to a maximum length of 10". It feeds primarily on crayfish.
The Eastern Chicken Turtle
, Deirochelys reticularia reticularia
, is found in the panhandle and northern peninsula. It has a dark green or brown faintly patterned shell with a yellow edge. It has yellow stripes on its neck.
** PROTECTED **
Barbour's Map Turtle
, Graptemys barbouri
, is found in the Chipola and Apalachicola Rivers. Its knobbed shell is olive gray to dark brown with yellow "U" markings. Males grow to 5" in length; females to 12".
The Alabama Map Turtle
, Graptemys pulchra
, is found in the western panhandle. Its shell is olive to brown with a black stripe. There are large yellow or greenish blotches on the head and yellow or orange stripes on the neck.
The Florida Red-bellied Turtle
, Pseudemys nelsoni
, is found in quiet freshwater ponds and marshes throughout the peninsula. Its arched shell is dark with orange to red bands. Its belly may be red, orange, or yellow. It has a stripe between its eyes. It grows to a length of 13".
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