Spotted Turtle

Clemmys guttata

Spotted turtles gather together on a log to spend a sunny day basking. If alarmed, they will dive into the water and bury themselves in the mud for protection. They also burrow in the mud to escape the heat on very warm days and to hibernate during the winter.

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
lifespanLifespan: More than 40 yrs in captivity
habitatHabitat: Bogs, marshes, and streams
dietDiet: Insects and other small invertebrates, and some vegetation
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)