Though recently available as wild-collected specimens, Spotted Turtles are now protected throughout their range.
Pond turtles are very shy animals with very good eyesight.

Making a living. Making a living. They can see people (and predators) from far away, and quickly disappear under water at the slightest sign of danger. Evaluate genetics. When identifying a turtle here, it is good idea to start by looking at the California Turtles Range Maps to see which turtles occur in the area where the turtle was found. Range-wide molecular analysis of the western pond turtle (Emys marmorata): cryptic variation, isolation by distance, and their conservation implications. Click here to visit the Western Pond Turtle Photo Gallery. Western Pond Turtles were listed as endangered in Washington in 1993. To compare the general appearance of all of the established California turtles, you can look at the California Turtles Photo Index. Figure 1. Western Pond Turtles were once plentiful and ranged from as far south as Baja California to as far north as British Columbia.

Gather basic life history information.

Adult turtles can live up to 70 years, nest on land and feed, breed and bask in … Assess the impacts of raccoons and invasive species (turtles, fish, and bullfrogs) on western pond turtles.

Click here to visit the Western Pond Turtle Photo Gallery. Northern western pond turtles are those found north of San Francisco, including populations found in the Central Valley and further north. They were likely locally common in parts of their Washington range historically, but due to factors such as habitat loss, overharvest and introduction of non-native plants, fish and bullfrogs, only about 150 turtles persisted at the two remaining Columbia Gorge sites by 1994. This aquatic turtle lives in streams, ponds, lakes, and permanent and ephemeral wetlands. Pond Turtles reach a maximum carapace length of 18 cm. Ponds, streams, lakes and wetlands provide this turtle with aquatic nesting and foraging habitat.

Pond turtles are very shy animals with very good eyesight. The Western pond turtle is known to inhabit marshes, sloughs, and slow-moving portions of creeks and rivers (Nussbaum et al., 1983). Western pond turtles utilize a variety of flowing and still water habitats in other parts of their range, but in Washington they are only known from ponds and lakes. Therefore, we are now tracking the western pond turtle only at the full species level.
Click the map for information about the habitat and range of the Western Pond Turtle in Washington. The western pond turtle is a freshwater turtle species whose range extends from the Puget Sound region of Washington State south to Baja California. Diet: Western Pond

Inset map shows the San Joaquin Experimental Range (SJER), Madera County, California, where western pond turtles were studied from spring of 2009