The skin is usually dark brown or yellow, with the exception of the neck which is yellow. If you want to pick up a turtle you should catch it by the sides and keep your hands above or below it, never in front of its mouth. How big it can get:  Between 15 and 26 inches. If you are a nonresident of Iowa you can only take common snapping turtles, softshells and painted turtles from the Missouri, Mississippi and Big Sioux rivers. Every year TurlteOwner.com makes the world a better place for thousands of pet turtles, but right now we are having trouble keeping the site online. The stinkpot is a dark-colored turtle with a domed upper shell and reduced lower shell. Description: The Southern Painted Turtle has an olive, dark brown or black upper shell that presents a very visible red, orange or yellow line that traverses the entire length of the shell. There are aquatic species that spend almost all of their lives in the water, Where it lives: A habitat generalist, the common snapping turtle can be found in almost any body of fresh water with a muddy bottom. If you want to know more about turtle hibernation, I’ve written a more in depth article that covers the subject, In this article I cover why turtles hibernate, how hibernation takes place, how aquatic turtles hibernate, how land turtles hibernate, how sea turtles hibernate, what is brumation, and many other important and  interesting things about hibernation: Do Turtles Hibernate? The incubation period for the eggs is between 70 and 80 days. What you can do if you find a native wild turtle really depends on your intentions. The biggest known alligator snapping turtle reached 31.5 inches. Personal possession limits also exist for any native species of amphibian or reptile. Every state in the US has different laws regarding native turtles and turtles in general. Baby slider turtles for sale are cheap, easy to care for, and quite inquisitive. There are 13 types of turtles in Kentucky from different categories including both aquatic turtles and terrestrial turtles. But in general they prefer waters that have a soft bottoms, like mud or sand. Data deficient (DD) – Not enough data to make an assessment of its risk of extinction. Green Sea Turtle. Small species, such as the spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata), may lay only three to five eggs in a nest, while the larger snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) lays 20 to 40 eggs. Where it lives: Map turtles can be found in waters that are stagnant or slow moving, and that have a lot of vegetation. If you want to know more facts about turtles you can always check out the category: Turtle Facts. How big it can get: Red Eared Sliders usually reach sizes between 7 and 12 inches, in most cases the females are slightly bigger than the males. Illinois Woodpeckers: Sapsuckers The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is the most far ranging of all the native sapsucker species. Scutes may contain a beautiful pigmentation that looks like a sun's rays. Pet turtles require lots of time, care and attention! Turtles may be mauled by domestic pets or mishandled by curious children and adults. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category. Illinois has its own set of laws that are different from any other state. Red eared slider turtles, the most popular are available in quite a few slider turtle morphs for sale. If you want to know more reasons why you shouldn’t do this, you should ream my article: Can Pet Turtle Survive in the Wild?, In this article I explore all the possible outcomes of this situation. Some small species include the Eastern Box, Southern Painted, Diamondback Terrapins, Spotted and Bog Turtles. Alligator snapping turtles are found only in the United States. You are most likely to see turtles out and about between May and October. The lower part of the shell is usually yellow with a rich mottling of brown. 7 Missouri’s Turtles Stinkpot (Common Musk Turtle) Sternotherus odoratus This is Missouri’s smallest species and one of the world’s smallest turtles. What to Expect and How to Prevent. There are 17 species of turtles in Illinois, 14 in Southern Illinois. Reproduction: The nesting period starts in May and ends in July. I've been a turtle and tortoise owner for 10 years, during which I gained a lot of experience and information, and now I want to share them with everybody that is curious or it's looking for help. Where it lives: The alligator snapping turtle can usually be found  at the bottom of rivers, lakes, sloughs, swamps and bayous. How big it can get: Most of them reach sizes between 8 and 12 inches, but it’s not uncommon to find females that reach sizes bigger than that, sometimes even 15 inches. There are 7 species of sea turtles throughout the entire world. The biggest problems facing the loggerhead are entanglement in commercial gear for fishing and the loss of many of their nesting sites. Since a lot of those laws are about the native species I strongly suggest you to visit this interactive map that will point you to an article on this site that explains as simply as possible the state laws in Illinois regarding turtles, tortoises and terrapins. Most Commonly-seen Freshwater Turtles in California There are very few species of turtles found in California, so if you see one at the edge of a pond or stream in the majority of the state, it is almost always one of the following three species. But those turtle species are not distributed evenly, so most states won’t always be home to the same turtle species, even if they are very close. Repair Damage: What to Know Before Making Repairs, Contact an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist. Turtles are incredibly unique vertebrates, comprised of between 300 and 400 different species (the exact number is contested), and these belong to three groups that are often mistakenly spoken about interchangeably: true turtles, tortoises, and terrapins. The conservation status of a species shows how close a species is to extinction. The upper shell has a pattern that is similar to a map, hence the name Ouachita Map Turtle. These turtles are light tan in color and their shells, as their name suggests, feature a ridge along the top. Smaller turtles can be lifted safely with one or two hands from the back (tail end) of the shell. Diet: Omnivorous. What are their breeding habits? This article should cover every basic thing about the native turtles of Illinois. Generally turtles are peaceful creatures, but if they think that they are in danger and they have no way of escaping, then they will definitely try to bite you. If you would rather not come into contact with the turtle, gently slide a broad, flat shovel under the turtle and place it into a container. Diet: Mud turtles are omnivorous, this means that they will eat meat, snails, fish, insects, as well as fruits, vegetables, and other kinds of vegetation. How long it can live: Between 20 and 30 years. Another distinguishable feature of the Common Musk turtle can be found on its head in the form of two light colored stripes. In this article I am going to take a closer look at each species and cover a few basic things about them, things like the appearance, lifespan, how big it can get, diet, where it lives, conservation status and reproduction. Illinois state law prohibits the commercial sale of any wild-caught snake or any of their parts, eggs, or offspring. The entirety of the upper part of the shell is covered with pronounced, but not sharp, spikes. This is because they are really easy to care for, and they are very cost-effective. There are approximately 330 species of turtle in the world, 17 of which are found in Illinois: Emydidae - Pond and Box Turtles twelve marginal scutes on each side How long it can live: Between 100 and 150 years. Diet: They are omnivorous, this means that their diet is made out of a variety of things like: meat, fish, insects, snails, fruits, vegetables, and aquatic vegetation. So they can be usually seen in rivers, slow moving streams, lakes and ponds. Where it lives: All Painted turtles subspecies prefer to live in freshwater, and they can be usually found in slow moving rivers, ponds, and lakes. Reproduction: Nesting season is May to July. Save my name and email in this browser for the next time I comment. Diet: They are omnivorous, this means that they eat both meat and plants. Description: Like most box turtles, the Ornate Box Turtle has a very dome like shaped shell, that can range in color from brown to black, and it’s usually covered with a multitude of lines and spots that can range in color from yellow to orange. But if you have a question about something that you couldn’t find in the article you should leave a comment, I will do my best to answer it as soon as possible. In the Wild Least concern (LC) – Lowest risk; does not qualify for a higher risk category. Diet: Eastern Spiny softshells are carnivorous. And they have a pronounced beak-like mouth. How long it can live: Between 20 and 40 years. How long it can live: Between  30 and 50 years. The skin is also covered with very spike-like structures. Spotted, snapping and Blanding's turtles lay eggs once per year. When young, they are carnivorous, but as adults, they eat seaweeds and seagrass. When choosing a turtle make sure you know how big they will grow. Where it lives: In general Spotted turtles can be found in marshes, wet meadows, swamps, bogs, and shallow borders of ponds, lakes and streams. If those turtles manage to reproduce, they can easily start a new alien species in a new area. The color of the skin tends to be dark brown or black, with two wide and irregular yellow stripes along each side of the head and neck. Every state in the US has different laws regarding native turtles and turtles in general. The lower side of the shell is usually plain yellow, but in some cases there can be small colored spots. Like most softshell turtle they also have a snorkel-like snout. A light stripe bordered by black is usually present behind each eye. Status: Endangered. Scientific Name: Chelonia mydas. 6 Missouri’s Turtles Illinois mud turtle. How long it can live: Between 30 and 70 years. Consider human safety first and use good judgment when attempting to move a turtle, especially off of a road. Alien species can be added to an area to help with certain ecological problems, or by mistake. Painted turtles nest up to three times a year between mid-May and July, How long it can live: Between 50 and 100 years. Or if you are a turtle owner and you want to know more about how to properly take care of a turtle or a tortoise you can always check the Care Guides Section, or the Recommended Products Section. Description: The Mississippi Mud Turtle has an upper shell that is usually colored dark brown or black. How long it can live: Between 60 and 70 years. Reproduction: Nesting season usually starts in late May and lasts until August. Diet: Red Eared Sliders are omnivorous, their diet usually consists of meat, fish, insects, snails, aquatic vegetation, fruits and vegetables. The color of the shell and the skin is usually very similar and it can usually be dark brown or balck. On the other hand, that diversity is a bit misleading because Illinois also lists populations of eleven species as either threatened or endangered. Additionally, the Prairie Research Institute’s Illinois Natural History Survey has an Identification Key to help people figure out what species turtle they have found. Not evaluated (NE) – Has not yet been evaluated against the criteria. Where it lives: Unlike most turtles, Box turtles live on land instead of water. As the Mississippi Map Turtles age the map pattern on the back, as well as the keel become less and less visible. Small species, such as the spotted turtle, may lay only three to five eggs in a nest, while the larger snapping turtle lays 20 to 40 eggs. Alien species are species that are not native to an area, but they still live there. Description: The color of the shell is usually  olive, brown, or black with dark blotches that have yellow lines around them. Where it lives: They prefer to live in large streams and rivers, but they can also be found in large reservoirs. If you want to take turtles from the wild you will need a fishing license from the state. The lower side of the carapace is also very plain, but it’s usually a little lighter than the upper part. The skin of the Midland Painted turtle is usually covered with lines that are yellow near the head, and then changing to red. Males usually reach sizes between 5 and 9 inches, while females reach sizes between 12 and 20 inches. You can check out the laws of Illinois on this page: Turtle State Laws. As the Ouachita Map Turtles age the map pattern, as well as the keel become less pronounced. Description: The Common Map Turtle Usually ranges in color from dark brown to black. Reproduction: Nesting period starts in May, and ends around the end of July. The average incubation period of the eggs is 75 days. How big it can get: Blanding’s turtle reaches sizes between 7 and 10 inches. If it’s winter or close to winter there is a chance that you can find a hibernating turtle. They can be usually be found across throughout open woodlands as well as grasslands and meadows. You have to remember that most wild animals can carry bacteria, and since turtles spend a lot of time in water those bacteria can be a little more dangerous. Diet: In general they prefer fruits, vegetables and other forms of vegetation over meat, but they can be occasionally seen eating insects and snails. Diet: Painted turtles are omnivorous, this means that they will eat fruits, vegetables as well as meat. Most Illinois turtles lay oval eggs, but softshells and snapping turtles lay spherical eggs. Slider turtles are probably the most popular species of water turtles kept in the world. Loggerhead Sea Turtles. The lower part of the shell  is usually colored yellow. Where it lives: They are often found in slow-moving streams, creeks, lakes, ponds and marshes with a fresh and warm water supply. Description: The Eastern Box Turtles have a very dome-like shaped shell that ranges in color from brown to black. How big it can get: They usually reach sizes between 5 and 7 inches. Reproduction: Map turtles usually nest multiple times a year from the start of the spring up until the end of the summer. Illinois snakes are a collecton of contradictions. Males have a red crown and throat. Those species are usually brought to that region by humans. Description: The Midland Smooth Softshell Turtle is a rather plain looking softshell turtle. How big it can get: There is a huge difference in size between males and females. Green turtles weigh up to 350 pounds. How big it can get: Most Box turtles reach sizes between 5 and 7 inches. The lower part of the shell is usually a yellow. If you want to take the turtle home as a pet, you first have to make sure that it’s legal to do so. How long it can live: Between 40 and 60 years. The land turtles are a common turtle in Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. How long it can live: Between 60 and 80 years. Reproduction: The nesting period starts in May and ends in July. Description: Common Snapping Turtles can range in color from brown to black. If during a cold season you find a turtle that is hibernating, usually the best thing that you can do is to leave it to hibernate peacefully. Where it lives: As the name implies Mud turtles prefer to stay in water bodies that have a soft bottom, composed of either sand or mud. TurtleOwner.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Description: The Midland Painted Turtle have a dark colored skin and shell, ranging in color from dark brown to black. Reproduction: Nesting season starts in May and ends July. In Illinois, the rabbits live in open and wooded areas in rural and urban settings. One female can have up to 25 offspring in a single year. Take special care when moving snapping turtles. Diet: Box turtles are omnivorous, so they will eat anything that they can find, meat, insects, fruits, vegetables, and any kind of vegetation. On this site you will find articles that cover every basic thing that a turtle owner needs to know, as well as all the advanced stuff. If you don’t know what the species is, click on the text to work through the key. The United States is home to more turtle species than any other country in the world, almost 100 species and subspecies. The amount of time it takes the eggs to hatch is around 80 days. Diet: Common Musk turtles are omnivorous and feed on small aquatic and semi-aquatic animals, aquatic plants, and carrion, and any other kind of fruit or vegetable that they can find. The upper side of the skin is usually black and covered with spots just like the upper part of the shell, while the lower part of the skin is colored just like the underside of the shell, yellow, orange or red. Diet: Map turtles are omnivorous, so they will eat meat, insects, fruit, vegetables, aquatic vegetation, and everything else that they can find. The skin of the Mississippi Map Turtle is usually covered with thin yellow lines. Turtles are one of the most popular house pets in the world. turtles have a depressed, smooth shell with brightly colored patterns on the lower shell. Aquatic and terrestrial turtles can encounter a number of hazardous situations in Illinois’ human-dominated landscapes. Firmly grasp the shell from the top and bottom of the shell with the fingers and lift the turtle. Reproduction: Nesting season starts in March and ends in June. Turtles (order Testudines), including tortoises, are reptiles with bodies encased in bony shells. How big it can get: Common Musk turtles are very small, they usually reach sizes between 3 and 4.5 inches. Turtles don’t have a strong natural smell. The photo gallery below provides information about several of the turtles that are found in Illinois. The lower part of the shell is usually yellow with a multitude of black patterns. East Texas, western Illinois, Southern Indiana, Western Kentucky are home to these species. REMAINING (number with state) Bridge inframarginal scute number 4 (2) 3 (1) Bridge inguinal scutes developed Absent (1) Poorly (1) Well (1) Bridge width 1/2 or more of abdominal shield (1) They generally do this because during cold seasons there is little to no food available to them, and because there is no heat to allow them to heat up their body ( turtles are unable to produce their own body heat). So if you touch a turtle make sure that you have some wet wipes near you, if you don’t you should probably avoid touching it. Alligator Snapping Turtle also possess one of the snapping turtles distinct features, a sharp beak. Description: The Alligator Snapping Turtle is usually black or dark brown,and it has a very spiky appearance. Though he is one of the more abundant of the sea turtles, he still faces many risks and dangers. On average the incubation period for the eggs lasts between 80 and 100 days. Description: The Mississippi Map Turtle is usually colored, olive, brown or black. Turtles In Kentucky. The photo gallery below provides information about several of the turtles that are found in Illinois. Quick Note: Most turtle subspecies are very similar, so besides some few differences in color it’s possible that everything else about them to be the same. Their carapace can include shades of black, gray, green, brown, or yellow. Size: 3-5 feet long and weighs 200-500 lbs. The lower part of the shell  is usually colored yellow. Alligator snappers, which most people will never see, are listed as endangered, and they inhabit only larger rivers and streams in the southern part of the state, the Mississippi, Ohio and Wabash Rivers, and tributaries directly connected to them. The whole process takes one-two months. Description: The Spotted Turtle has a black upper part of the shell that is covered with yellow, orange or red spots. If you must move the turtle, don’t move it far. Most of those rules are generally designed to protect turtles, so even if they seem a little restrictive, they are there for a good reason. With the exception of Common Snapping Turtles, other turtles … It’s also possible that some unknowing person decided to release a few turtles into the wild. The amount of time it takes the eggs to hatch is around 80 days. The smallest turtle in the region is the musk turtle, averaging about 3-4 inches. If you have questions about reptiles or amphibians in Illinois, you can contact Scott Ballard, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Southern Region Endangered and Threatened Recovery Species Specialist/Herpetologist, at Scott.Ballard@Illinois.gov or 618-694-3398. If you find our articles helpful, and you like our site we would like to ask for your help. If you see a photo that looks like the species you saw, then you can click on the photo to get information about that particular species. The incubation usually lasts between 70 and 100 days. And always wash your hands with hot water and soap afterward. This water is important for moistening the soil of the nest site. The upper part of the shell is usually colored dark brown or black. The skin is usually covered in multiple yellow spots. Female turtles are often struck while searching for nest sites during the spring and summer months, and turtles of all ages and both sexes are struck when they migrate between water sources during the late summer and fall. The average time an egg needs to incubate is 75 days. Where it lives: Blanding’s turtles usually inhabit clean shallow waters with soft bottoms and abundant vegetation. Unless a turtle is in immediate danger, leave it where you found it. If you want to take a few photos from a distance, you can definitely do that. Most states, including Illinois, have laws that protect wild native turtles. Description: Hieroglyphic River Cooter usually range in color from green-brown to black. Illinois hosts some breeding species in the summer. Snapping turtles can be dangerous for an inexperienced person to handle. They also nest in exposed sand or soil in yards, along railroad tracks and trails edges, in agricultural fields, and in crushed limestone trails, especially if these areas are near permanent water. On the one hand, the thirty eight species recorded in the state puts it at the above average range for snake diversity. Laws About Wild Turtles in Illinois . How big it can get: Most Box turtles reach sizes between 5 and 7 inches. Reproduction: The nesting season usually starts in March and ends in June. The lower side of the shell is usually light colored. Most of those rules are generally designed to protect turtles, so even if they seem a little restrictive, they are there for a good reason. Be careful not to be scratched by the nails on the turtle’s hind feet. What to Expect and How to Prevent, Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macroclemys temminckii), Common Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica), Common Musk Turtle (Sternotherus odoratus), Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina), Eastern Mud Turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum), Eastern Spiny Softshell (Apalone spinifera), False Map Turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica), Hieroglyphic River Cooter (Pseudemys concinna hieroglyphica), Yellow Mud Turtle (Kinosternon flavescens), Midland Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta marginata), Midland Smooth Softshell (Apalone mutica mutica), Mississippi Map Turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica kohnii), Mississippi Mud Turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum hippocrepis), Ouachita Map Turtle (Graptemys ouachitensis), Red Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), Southern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta dorsalis), Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii), What to Do If You Find a Wild Native Turtle, You Can Help Us Keep TurtleOwner.com Alive, What Do Turtles Eat ? Hello, I am Victor, and I have a turtle pond that is the home of 6 turtles and 2 tortoises. To prevent this make sure that you don’t let it too close to your toes (if they are exposed), or to your fingers. There are many types of turtles and some species may suit your lifestyle better than others. The shell has one distinct feature and that is a ridge that traverses the entire length of the shell. Reproduction: Nesting occurs from late May until the middle of July, and the incubation period lasts between 70 and 90 days. As the map turtles get older the pattern and the knobs start to slowly disappear, up to a point where they are beary visible. They can live up to 138 years because this turtle is slow to mature. This is a list of turtles, ordered alphabetically and grouped by How big it can get: Males usually reach sizes between 3 and 5 inches, while females are considerably bigger, reaching sizes between 8 and 10 inches. The upper shell has lies that sometimes form a web-like pattern and may or may not have blotches, this is where it gets the name False Map Turtle because the lines form a sort of map across the shell, but not like map turtles have. But if you still want to, at least try not to put your hands near your face after you touched the turtle. The color of the skin is usually the same color as the upper part of the shell. The skin is usually dark brown or black with yellow, orange or red lines. Reproduction: The nesting period takes place between May and July. Description: Yellow Mud Turtles have a dome-like shell that is usually colored  olive, dark brown or black. Description: The Common Musk Turtle has a very plain appearance with very consistent colors. We are a passionate group of writers and researchers who write about pet turtles and turtles in general. Usually turtles know how to choose a good spot to hibernate, so they are probably just fine. Illinois State Laws Regarding Turtles. A turtle can cost anywhere between $10 and $100... Do Turtles Smell? The lower part of the shell is usually colored yellow, hence the name Yellow Mud Turtle. Female turtles searching for nest sites are often found crossing roads. In the case of younger individuals well defined round spots can be observed on the shell, in the case of adults those spots are not very visible. They eat various types of vegetation, such as grass and dandelions, and will take garden crops, says the U of I. Green turtles are also known as the Green sea turtle, while their scientific name is Chelonia mydas. How big it can get: In general Smooth Softshell turtles reach sizes between 6 and 13 inches. THe lower part of the shell is usually yellow, orange or red with a black pattern. The reason why most turtles end up smelling is because... We are a passionate group of writers and researchers who write about pet turtles and tortoises. It breeds across Canada from Coast to Coast and in the winter returns to most forested areas west of the Rocky Mountains. A lot of people believe that turtles smell bad, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Out of the nine classifications, two of them basically mean that there is not enough data on the species, so you will usually see only seven possible status instead of nine. Description: The Eastern Mud turtle has a very plain look, the upper part of the shell usually lacks any pattern and the color can range from a dark yellow to black. They usually have very long legs, necks and tails. With so many options, choosing a pet turtle can be overwhelming. How big it can get: Spotted turtles are one of the smallest turtle species in the US, usually it only reaches sizes between 3 and 4 inches. Razorback Musk Turtles. Turtles in Illinois include common snappers, a few alligator snappers (in the Mississippi river system), western and midland painted turtles, red-eared sliders, eastern and three-toed box turtles (and I think there are some western box turtles in a small part of Illinois, on the part that goes with the Great Plains, though I might be wrong on that), and some kinds of mud, musk, and map turtles. All turtle traps must have a functional escape hole provided with a minimum diameter in all directions of 7-1/2 inches to allow passage of fish and small turtles. If you don’t know what the species is, click on the text to work through the key. 1816 South Oak Street, MC 652 Champaign, IL 61820 217-333-6880 cms@inhs.illinois.edu The upper shell has a pattern that is similar to a map, hence the name Mississippi Map Turtle. Your email address will not be published. Colloquially, the word "turtle" is generally restricted to fresh-water and sea-dwelling Testudines. The skin of the Hieroglyphic River Cooter is usually covered with pronounced stripes tah can range in color from yellow to orange to red. The shell also has some distinct markings on the edges that can range in color from red, orange or yellow, and any combination of them. The shell usually has markings on the side that can vary in color from red to yellow. We hope you will enjoy the site and that you will find what you’re looking for.​. They usually hunt their prey, but not actively, they do this by sitting at the bottom of the lake with their mouth open, while waiting for their prey. Turtles are reptiles of the order Chelonia / k ɪ ˈ l oʊ n i ə / or Testudines / t ɛ ˈ s tj uː d ɪ n iː z /.They are characterized by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs that acts as a shield. There are a lot of systems that track the conservation status of a species, but the most well known and used is the one I used in this article, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 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