- Family: Common Box Turtle Family
Indentifying a Spotted Turtle:
Look for a turtle in a freshwater pond with either yellow or orange spots on the carapace. If they are swimming, they can be distinguished from painted turtle by the more irregular splotch of yellow or orange on their neck sticking out of the water instead of the more regular intentional paint like strokes of color on the painted turtles neck. Their oval carapace does not have ridges (keels).
Male: Concave plastron & longer tail
Female: Flat to convex plastron & shorter tail