Spotted Turtle Clemmys guttata (Schneider, 1792)Vulnerable  
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Reptilia   >   Order Testudines   >   Family Emydidae   >   Genus Clemmys   

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Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) is a small, dark turtle species with small yellow or orange spots on the carapace. Spotteds usually prefer shallow water habitats, such as swamps, ponds, bogs, marshy wetlands, creeks (including tidal ones) or ephemeral pools, but at times may be found in forested areas some distance from water. These turtles are most frequently observed in spring, and may be harder to locate at other seasons. Their dark coloration and sedate behavior can make them very inconspicuous in shaded water (Conant & Collins, 1998). Spotted Turtle occurs statewide, but is considered Vulnerable (Maryland DNR). It has been subject to illegal poaching in portions of its range, and has suffered substantial population declines and widespread habitat destruction. The IUCN Red List considers this turtle to be endangered.

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A Spotted Turtle in Wicomico Co., Maryland (4/26/2009). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Spotted Turtle in Baltimore Co., Maryland (3/18/2016). Photo by Keith Eric Costley. (MBP list)

Spotted Turtles sunning at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co., Maryland (3/27/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Spotted Turtle found in Harford Co., Maryland (4/20/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Spotted Turtle in Charles Co., Maryland (8/27/2009). Photo by Kerry Wixted. (MBP list)

A Spotted Turtle in Worcester Co., Maryland (4/12/2014). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Spotted Turtle in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/11/2013). Photo by Rod Burley. (MBP list)

A Spotted Turtle in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/2/2018). Photo by Anthony VanSchoor. (MBP list)

A Spotted Turtle in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/11/2013). Photo by Rick Borchelt. (MBP list)

Spotted Turtles sunning in Howard Co., Maryland (3/1/2011). Photo by Mike Lathroum. (MBP list)

A Spotted Turtle in Howard Co., Maryland (4/19/2014). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Spotted Turtle at Milbourn Landing, Worcester Co., Maryland (4/13/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Spotted Turtle found in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/7/2011). Photo by Robert Aguilar, SERC. (MBP list)

Spotted Turtle in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/9/2015). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Spotted Turtle in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/9/2015). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Spotted Turtle in Dorchester Co., Maryland (5/15/2018). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Spotted Turtle in Dorchester Co., Maryland (5/15/2018). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

A Spotted Turtle found in northern Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/4/2014). Found by Hal Wierenga. Photo by Sue Ricciardi. (MBP list)

A Spotted Turtle in Howard Co., Maryland (4/19/2014). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Spotted Turtle in Howard Co., Maryland (5/14/2016). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Spotted Turtle in Somerset Co., Maryland (4/15/2011). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

A Spotted Turtle (plastron) in Howard Co., Maryland (3/25/1979). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)


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