Lists of favorites are really easy blog posts, but I had to make it hard work anyways (looking up all these turtle pics). Here's a gallery of my favorite turtles from North America for my friend Luka (who is actually quite turtle deranged)... listed in no particular order.
6. Map Turtles (Graptemys spp.)
The exquisitely patterned Cagle's Map
Turtle (G. caglei) lives in Central Texas.
Cagle's in hand
Cagle's are found in swift muddy rivers. Here's
a view of the carapace.
Barbour's Map Turtle (G. barbouri) found
in rivers in the SE U.S.
Yellow Spotted Map (G. flavimaculata)
found in rivers in Mississippi
Yellow Blotched up close
Also referred to as Yellow Blotched Saw
Yellow Blotched in hand
Pascagoula Sawback (Map) Turtle
(G. gibbsoni) found in and LA
Black Knobbed Sawback (Map) Turtle
(G. nigrinoda) found in MS and AL
7. Loggerhead Musk Turtle (Sternotherus minor)
Loggerheads only reach a length of 5 1/2 in.
Notice the large head that gives this carnivorous
turtle its name.
Loggerheads can be a bit defensive when picked
up with out being asked... me too I suppose.
Found in Northern Florida and Southern GA
Unlike most Musk Turtles, the Loggerhead is
8. Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemmys terrapin)
Carolina Diamondback Terrapin, like all
subspecies, is found in brackish and salt water
near shore in salt marsh area.
Carolina DB Terrapin in hand, this is one of
the 6 subspecies of Diamondback Terrapins.
Carolina on a tidal mud flat. Terrapins are found
along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. from New
England to Texas.
Carolinas can be quite remarkably colored.
Northern Diamondback Terrapin
Ornate Diamondback Terrapins like all
terrapins are carnivorous turtles, feeding on
snails and crustaceans.
Ornate up close, and looking concerned about
politics and unemployment statistics
9. Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)
The semi aquatic Wood Turtle lives in
woodlands near streams, rivers, and ponds.
Omnivorous turtles, they may often be found
Found from New England west to the Great
Lakes region and SE Canada
The "Red Legs" race of Wood Turtles are the
In most parts of their range, they are listed as
either Threatened or Endangered, due to
A view of the plastron
The Western "Yellow Legs" race found in the
Great Lakes part of their range
A Yellow Legs goes for a walk in the woods.
10. Bog Turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii)
The Diminutive (that means small) Bog Turtle
only reaches a shell length of 4 1/2 inches.
Boggies live in peat bogs and wet
meadows, and is omnivorous.
The Bog Turtle is a Federally Threatened
species, and is endangered in some states.
They occur sporadically from New England to
The plastron of the Boggie