Amazing Types of Turtles in Alabama
Flattened Musk Turtle:is critically endangered due to habitat loss, mainly from erosion caused by strip mining. As a result, it also currently has a very limited range and can only be found.
Three-Toed Box Turtle:gets part of its common name from the number of toes on its back feet. However, some individuals have four toes instead!
Loggerhead Sea Turtle: it averages 30 to 35 inches long and usually weighs anywhere from 200 to 450 pounds, though very large individuals occasionally weigh much more.
Gopher Tortoise:can be easily differentiated from more aquatic turtle species by its thick, rugged limbs with large, protective scales on its front legs for digging. It averages 7 to 15 inches long .
Eastern Mud Turtle:is actually one of two subspecies of the mud turtle, Kinosternon subrubrum. The other known subspecies is the Mississippi mud turtle.
Chrysemys dorsalis:is now–rather confusingly–designated as its own species. It is fairly easy to identify thanks to the orange to reddish stripe running down the center of its greenish-brown carapace
Pseudemys alabamensis: this turtle is around 12 to 14 inches long on average, with females being slightly longer than males. True to its name, it has a bright reddish-orange plastron.
Gulf Coast Spiny Softshell:can be differentiated from the five other subspecies by the black lines running along the edge of its carapace. As its name suggests, it lives throughout the Gulf Coast.
Graptemys pulchra:As you might imagine, the Alabama map turtle is one of Alabama’s more common turtle species. Notably, it has a large head and strong jaws for its size which allow it to easily crack
Razor-Backed Musk Turtle:are 5 to 6 inches long on average, though males have much longer tails than females. This species’ carapace is brown with black markings around the edges of each scute.