Field Guide to Maryland's Turtles (Order Testudines)
Photo of Spotted Turtle courtesy of Tony Prochaska.
3½ - 4½ inches. Record - 5 inches.
Photo of Spotted Turtle courtesy of Scott A. Smith.
A wide variety of shallow wetlands are used including wet meadows, freshwater marshes, bogs, swamps, small ponds, ditches, small woodland streams, Delmarva Bays and tidally influenced brackish streams. All typically have a soft substrate and some aquatic or emergent vegetation. They also seasonally spend time away from water, typically in woodlands, pastures and fields.
How to Find
Search shallow wetland edges during the day, particularly those dominated by herbaceous vegetation. Look for basking individuals in the morning. Easiest to find mid-April through June, though active until October.
Photo of Habitat for Spotted Turtle
courtesy of Rebecca Chalmers.
Distribution in Maryland
Found throughout Maryland.
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