Description: Females regularly exceed a foot in carapace length. Males most often measure 6 to 10 inches long at maturity. A yellow to olive-yellow band edges the carapace. The plastron is dark olive-gray and the dark head is spotted and striped with yellow.
Range: Common in quiet waters throughout Florida
Habitat: This turtle chooses non-flowing waters for its home. It is common in ponds, lades, canals, ditches, swamps, marshes, and other habitats.
Wild: Fish, insects, frogs, crustaceans, and occasionally small water birds
Zoo: Fish, crickets, and turtle pelleted diet
Reproduction: On average females lay 10 to 25 eggs per clutch. The nest is constructed in a sandy location and may be only a few feet from the water.
Fun Fact: The largest female on record to date measured 24.75 inches long.