Spotted turtles are named after their yellow spots on their black heads, shells, legs and tails. No two spotted turtles ever have the same pattern of spots. Spotted turtles have a carapace (top shell) length ranging from 3.5 to 5.4 inches. Male turtles have dark pigment on the hard portions of both jaws; females have yellowish coloration on their jaws. The sex of the hatchlings is determined by incubation temperatures. Cooler temperatures produce mostly males, while warmer temperatures produce females. Spotted turtles are diurnal, only active during daylight hours and spend the night under water relaxing on the pond bottom.
Loss of habitat has been largely responsible for the major decline of the spotted turtle. They are very sensitive to pollution and toxins and disappearing rapidly with declining water quality.
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Location: Temporarily off exhibit
Arrived at EPZ: Yahtzee - 10/7/2020, Domino - 10/7/2020