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Pacific Pond Turtle
Actinemys marmorata

Habitat: Lives in freshwater lake and pond habitats

Range: Western U.S.A

Natural Diet: Aquatic invertebrates and plants

Status in the Wild: THREATENED 


Fun Facts

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Animal Facts

These freshwater turtles have dark brown to olive colored bodies and shells with a carapace of 5 to 8 inches in length. They are amphibious living in and around freshwater bodies. They are usually seen basking together 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 sliders.

Learn more about the conservation of western pond turtles

Learn more about conserving wildlife through conservation breeding


Pacific pond turtles are native to California


Distributional range in the U.S.