Spotted Turtle

Female Spotted Turtle Photo Credit: Scott Gillingwater

Clemmys guttata


  • COSEWIC – Endangered.
  • COSSARO – Endangered.


  • Small turtle, adult body length of up to 13 cm. (5 in.).
  • Dark turtles with yellow ‘polka’ dots covering their carapace, head and limbs.
  • Undersides of limbs are often yellow, orange or reddish.
  • Males have a brownish chin with brown eyes, while females have a yellowish chin with orange eyes.


  • A variety of wetlands, including ponds, marshes, bogs and streams.


  • Aquatic insects, invertebrates, carrion and some plants are eaten.


  • Hibernate both separately and communally under water, from late October to March.
  • Emerge from hibernation before other turtles as they can withstand the cooler temperatures. May become dormant (a resting or sleeping state) during heat waves in the summer.


  • Mating occurs from March to April, and possibly a second time in the fall.
  • In late June, clutches of approximately 5 flexible eggs are laid in a hole made in the sand.
  • Hatching occurs late August to September. Nest temperature will determine the sex of the turtle.
  • Nearly round hatchlings are 2.5cm in size and often have one spot on each scute.
  • Reach maturity between 10 and 15 years.


  • Habitat loss, road mortality and collection for the pet trade are the major factors in their decline.

Conservation Actions:

For more information on the Spotted Turtle

For more information in Parry Sound District, please contact

Georgian Bay Islands National Park
901 Wye Valley Road
Midland, ON
L4R 4K6

SAR Biologist
Parry Sound OMNR
7 Bay St.
Parry Sound
P2A 1S4

Spotted Turtle Hatchling Photo Credit: Kenton Otterbein

Spotted Turtle Plastron Photo Credit: Anna Lawson