Spotted Turtle

Basic Information:

Scientific Name: Clemmys guttata

Habitat: Spotted turtles can be found in the swamps, bogs, fens, marshes, woodland steams, and wet pastures of eastern United States.

Diet: Spotted turtles are primarily carnivorous and tend to eat snails, worms, slugs, and spiders.

Size: 0.3 to 0.5 feet long

Weight: 0.5 to 0.8 pounds

Lifespan: 25 to 50 years

Distribution Map:

I.U.C.N. Conservation Status:

What does this mean?

Endangered –  a species determined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) to possess a very high risk of extinction as a result of rapid population declines of 50 to more than 70 percent over the previous 10 years (or three generations), a current population size of fewer than 250 individuals, or other factors. 

Our Spotted Turtle:

Pip (Female) – Estimated Birthdate Between May 2009 & May 2010

Did You Know?!

  • Spotted turtles are of special concern due to habitat loss and the illegal pet trade.
  • During daylight hours, spotted turtles eat and bask in the sun. In the evening, spotted turtles submerge themselves and spend the night underwater. 
  • This species is the most aquatic member of the genus, but it is usually not found in deep water
  • Reports suggest that female spotted turtles are capable of a greater production of eggs than is normally seen in the wild, but are constrained by unknown environmental factors (such as a limited food supply or short activity season).
  • The sex of spotted turtle hatchlings is determined by nest temperature: in the lab, cooler experimental temperatures produced mostly males, and warmer temperatures produced only females.