Spotted Turtle – 7/17/18
Observer: Zahava Friedman
Observation Date: 7/17/18
Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road
Common Name: Spotted Turtle
Scientific Name: Clemmys guttata
Comments: Rare in Massachusetts. Spotted turtles visit vernal pools in spring to feed on amphibian eggs. When the pools dry up in summer, they must trek overland to return to a permanent pond. Unfortunately, this often entails crossing roads.
More Information: Natural History and Endangered Species Program of Massachusetts