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Spotted Turtle

Clemmys guttata

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About the Spotted Turtle

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Class: Reptilia  
Order: Testudines
Family: Emydidae
Genus: Clemmys  
Species: guttata

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.