Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata)

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CITES Status | Taxonomy | Description | Habitat | Distribution | Threats


CITES Status


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Not listed.  Proposed pdf for Appendix II listing by the United States at CoP16.


Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Emydidae
Genus: Clemmys
Species: guttata


This is a relatively small turtle with a smooth black carapace (upper shell) that is patterned
with small yellow or white dots. The maximum adult size is approximately 13-14cm (5- 5 1/2 in.) in carapace length.


The spotted turtle inhabits a variety of wetland types, including swamps, bogs, marshes, small streams, wet meadows, and wet forests.  This species requires clear, clean water, with a soft substrate and aquatic plants. The spotted turtlerequires drier habitat for nesting sites, described as open areas with sandy soil, sprinkled with bunches of grass or patches of moss.


Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Its presence in Delaware is uncertain. In Canada, the spotted turtle occurs in Ontario and Québec.


The spotted turtle is impacted by collection for personal pets or trade, mortality on roads and from agricultural machinery, habitat degradation, predation, and invasive species.

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