Spotted Turtle


 

Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata

 Spotted turtles are small with a carapace length of about five inches.  The carapace is smooth and the general coloration is black with one or more yellow or orange spot on each scute.  The head and neck also have yellow to orange spots.

 Spotted turtles are found in ponds, wet meadows, or small streams.  They are most active in the spring and fall.  Eggs are deposited in the spring and hatch in about two months.  Spotted turtles are omnivorous feeding on plant and animal material. 

In West Virginia, spotted turtles are only known to occur in Hampshire and Jefferson counties.  There are probably other sites in the eastern panhandle that have not been reported.

 

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