Spotted Turtle – 7/17/18

Observer: Zahava Friedman

Observation Date: 7/17/18

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Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Spotted Turtle

Scientific Name: Clemmys guttata

Comments: Rare in Massachusetts. Spotted turtles visit vernal pools in spring to feed on amphibian eggs. When the pools dry up in summer, they must trek overland to return to a permanent pond. Unfortunately, this often entails crossing roads.

More Information: Natural History and Endangered Species Program of Massachusetts