Pacific Pond Turtle
Habitat: Lives in freshwater lake and pond habitats
Range: Western United States of America
Natural Diet: Aquatic
invertebrates and plants
Status in the Wild: Vulnerable
These freshwater turtles are dark brown to olive colored bodies and shells with a carapace length of 5 to 8 inches in length. They are amphibious living in and around freshwater bodies. They are usually seen in numbers basking in the sun. Although they are comfortable in deep water, they build terrestrial nests. Females lay half to a dozen eggs once or twice a year.
Conservation: these freshwater turtles are native to California. Their free-ranging numbers are depleting due to competition from invasive species such as the red-eared slider.