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  • Emydidae


  • Up to 30 years


  • Male shell length: ~11.5 inches
  • Female shell length: ~9.5 inches


  • Native to Southeastern United States, but as a result of their popularity in the pet trade, their eventual escape of release from captivity improperly has resulted in this turtle being found on all continents except Antarctica.


  • Shallow, slow-moving freshwater with abundant plant life.


  • Omnivorous. Though young tend to be more carnivorous and adults tend to be more herbivorous.

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  • Oviparous, egg laying.
  • Females dig a jug-shaped nest in damp soil. Traveling over up to half a mile to find a suitable nesting site
  • Females lay 5-20 eggs per clutch
  • Up to three clutches per year
  • Eggs hatch after incubating for 60-91 days

Interesting facts

  • Considered one of the top 100 invasive species of the world

Conservation status

  • CITES –Not Listed
  • IUCN –Least concern


  1. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016.
  2. Encyclopedia of Life. Accessed January 2016.
  3. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016.

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