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[Photo] Clemmys guttata. Source: BNL, http://www.bnl.gov/esd/reserve/turtles.htm
The Spotted Turtle, Clemmys guttata, is a small turtle with a shell that can grow between 3.5 to 5 inches. Their upper shell, or carapace, ranges in color from black to a blue-ish black with a number of yellow or cream-colored tiny round spots. Spotted Turtles inhabit a variety of shallow, fresh-water areas such as marshes, wet meadows, bogs, and woodland streams in the Eastern U.S. (the eastern Great Lakes and east of the Appalachian Mountains) and southern Canada (Ontario). Many Spotted turtles are used as pets (however this practice is illegal in many jurisdictions, including Canada, due to their threatened status) but aren't as popular as the Red Eared Slider.
Adult males have brown eyes and a tan chin; adult females have orange eyes and a yellow chin.
Until recently, the genus Clemmys consisted of four species (Bog Turtle, Spotted Turtle, Western Pond Turtle, and the Wood Turtle). Recent genetic analyses have revealed that the Spotted Turtle is distinct from the other three species. The Bog Turtle and the Wood Turtle were moved to the genus Glyptemys, while the Western Pond Turtle has been re-named Actinemys. This makes the Spotted Turtle the sole member of the genus Clemmys.
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