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Western Pond Turtle (Actinemys marmorata)

Chordata > Reptilia > Testudines > Emydidae

A small turtle with a relatively low-domed carapace, each scute usually with a series of lines radiating from the center. The head is somewhat mottled in appearance with no conspicuous red or yellow markings as in nonnative pond turtles such as the Red-eared Slider. Shell length to about 8 inches. Ranges from Baja north to Washington, and throughout California excluding deserts. Occurs in a variety of freshwater habitats. The coastal southern California subspecies has recently been elevated to a distinct species, Actinemys pallida, with Actinemys marmorata ranging from Kern County northward. Common but declining (1)

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