Spotteds have a moderately domed carapace that is smooth all over. The carapace is black with yellow spots. The plastron is yellow or orange with black on the outer edges of the scutes. They are relatively small, measuring only 4-5 inches. Their skin is also dark with yellow spots.
Spotted turtles are found both on land and in water as they travel within a mosaic of wetlands and uplands.
This species has a state natural heritage rank of S1 (very rare). The Spotted Turtle has been designated a Species of Greatest Conservation Need (high priority) in Vermont’s Wildlife Action Plan, and is endangered in the state. Please report all sightings of this species in Vermont. Take photos if possible. Even historic sighting information is useful.
Species summary written by Kaile Burgess.
Associated Press. 2012 Turtle crossings to help endangered species in Vt. Rutland Herald (Janaury 6, 2012). Also available online at http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20120106/THISJUSTIN/701069863 (accessed February 15, 2012)