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Class Chelonia
Family Emydidae


Actinemys—Pond Turtles // Terrapene—Box Turtles // Trachemys—Sliders

Emydidae—Box and Water Turtles

Chrysemys pictaThis large family includes many aquatic species and a few that are terrestrial. One species of box turtles occurs currently in our region along with several marginal aquatic species. Two fossil box turtles and one aquatic turtle are recorded from the Pleistocene.

Fig. 1. Chrysemys picta . One of the many species belonging to the Emydidae. Photograph by Carl S. Lieb.


Last Update: 5 Dec 2013