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Matamata Turtle (Chelus fimbriata)

Description of the Matamata turtleThe matamata turtle may not be the cutest turtle but it certainly comes with unique attributes that are fascinating to say the least. First, it is a rugged turtle whose carapace looks like a bark with a neck that resembles a leaf. Its neck is much longer than its vertebrae. It […]

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Bog Turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii)

Description of Bog Turtles Weighing approximately 110 grams, bog turtle is the smallest species of turtle in North America. A mature male bog turtle has an average length of 3.7 inches while the female has an average length of 3.5 inches. The carapace is rectangular in shape and is narrower at the head and wider […]

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Eastern Box Turtle

Eastern Box Turtle Description The upper part of the shell, which is also known as the carapace, is high and dome-shaped. It is usually brownish or black in color and marked by a contrasting pattern of yellow or orange lines, spots and patches. The skin color is variable but is usually brown or black accompanied […]

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Desert Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata luteola)

Desert Box Turtle The Desert Box Turtle is considered one of the two subspecies of the popular Western Box Turtle. This subspecies is similar to the Ornate Box Turtle in appearance. However, the former is yellowish in color. It’s even more adapted to living in arid conditions. Where is the Desert Box Turtle found?It’s worth […]

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Texas Map Turtle (Graptemys versa)

Description of the Texas Map Turtle A Texas map turtle is a semi aquatic basking turtle that has an elliptical shaped body. It has a keeled carapace and one row of knobs going down their back. The males are characterized by a longer broader tails while the females have shorter, thinner tails. Males don’t have […]

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Indian Tent Turtle (Pangshura tentoria)

Description of the Indian Tent Turtle These unique, crawling reptiles are aptly named after the tent-like appearance of their high vaulted shells that feature hump-like’ projections on the keel. They have one or two brownish to red dots behind their eyes; a significant marker, which differentiates them from Indian roofed turtles that have a crescent-shaped […]

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Reeves Turtle (Chinese Pond Turtle)

This little guys name is Finnigen and the pictures were submitted courtesy of one of out readers Valerie. Thank you Valerie! Description of the Reeves turtles They are small sized (6-9 inches) reptiles with a carapace that features three well-defined keels from front to back. These amiable turtles have broken yellow lines on their heads and […]

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Eastern Snake Necked Turtle (Chelodina longicollis)

How to identify this turtle Distinguishable by black seams on the belly plate & growing to a carpace length of 250mm. Chelodina Longicollis Snake Neck Turtle Diet It primarily eats aquatic insects, fish, tadpoles, and frogs. When hunting the Snake necked turtled approaches with its neck held sidewaysthrusting its open mouth to grasp its prey […]

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Giant Alligator Snapping Turtle

Giant Alligator Snapping TurtleCheck out the largest freshwater turtle in North America, the Alligator snapping turtle. The best way to identify one of these turtles is by their three large ridges on their carapace (top of the turtle shell)The plastron (bottom of the shell) on this snapper is smaller than the other turtles. Males have […]

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