loggerhead turtle   box turtle   stinkpot turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle   Eastern Box Turtle   Stinkpot (Musk Turtle)
  • Size: 31" to 48"
  • Habitat: ocean
  • Food: sponges, mollusks, crabs, sea urchins, seaweeds
  • Notes: nests on beaches from Texas to Virginia, sometimes visits Maine
  • Size: 4" - 8½"
  • Habitat: wet woods and pastures
  • Food: worms, slugs, raspberries, and mushrooms poisonous to people
  • Notes: has high, domed shell; some have lived over 100 years
  • Size: 3" - 5½"
  • Habitat: spends most of its time in quiet, murky ponds
  • Food: snails, insects, crayfish, clam, carrion
  • Notes: small but feisty, can snap as far back as its hind legs, lets off musky smell when disturbed
wood turtle   eastern painted turtle   snapping turtle
Wood Turtle   Eastern Painted Turtle   Snapping Turtle
  • Size: 5" - 9"
  • Habitat: stream banks, summers in fields or woods
  • Food: earthworms, slugs, tadpoles, insects, berries
  • Notes: "woodies" thump the ground to make worms think it's raining so they come up, then get eaten
  • Size: 4" - 10"
  • Habitat: ponds, streams, and wetlands
  • Food: tiny animals and aquatic plants
  • Notes: most widespread turtles species in North America, likes to bask on floating logs
  • Size: 8" - 18½"
  • Habitat: muddy, weedy ponds and marshes
  • Food: scavenger, eats crayfish, small turtles, frogs, fish, and ducklings
  • Notes: won't bother you if you won't bother it, but stands its ground when provoked
    spotted turtle    
    Spotted Turtle    
  • Size: 3½" - 5"
  • Habitat: marshy meadows, bogs and wet woodlands
  • Food: most anything, including spiders, earthworms, crustaceans
  • Notes: overcollecting, filling swamps, and possibly pollution have made this turtle rare