About the Spotted Turtle
The spotted turtle is named for the yellow spots dotting its black carapace (upper shell). It lives in shallow water with abundant vegetation and spends much of the day basking in the sun. If it is unexpectedly disturbed, the startled spotted turtle will dive into the water, burying itself in the mud until the threat is gone. Though they have long life spans, spotted turtles are vulnerable to getting hit by cars when traveling to mate, lay eggs, and hibernate.
You Can Find This Animal in the Little Critters Exhibit
Spotted turtles move between a number of wetland and upland habitats. Their home ranges in Massachusetts average eight acres, with some up to 130 acres!