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Western 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

  • Western pond turtles are native to California

  • 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 and live in and around freshwater bodies.

  • They are usually seen basking together in the sun and brumate during the winter months.

  • Although they are comfortable in deep water, they build terrestrial nests.

  • Females lay half to a dozen eggs once or twice a year.

Western pond turtles brumate during the winter months and emerge to bask in the sun in spring

Conservation Threats

Major threats to wild populations of this species are:

  • Habitat loss due to urbanization - agricultural practices

  • The hatchlings of these turtles are predated upon by invasive species such are American bullfrogs and red-eared slider turtles.

  • Red eared slider turtles also compete with adult western pond turtles for their home ranges



Pacific Pond Turtle Pacific pond turtles are native to California


Apart from an aquatic habitat, these turtles are heavily reliant on terrestrial habitats that are used for basking during the spring, fall, and summer months. Fertile females also come onshore once a year to lay their eggs


The hatchlings are very small and a large number are predated upon by native and invasive speces



Map Distributional range in the U.S.