Blanding's Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)
Key identification points and similar species:
Bright yellow throat and yellow spotted shell.
Description: Bright yellow throat; hinged plastron. Carapace gray, brown to black with many small yellow spots (adults), chin and throat are bright yellow. Plastron yellow with large black blotches.
Habitat: Aquatic; seldom wanders far from water.
Size: 12.5-19 cm (5-7 in)
Natural History: This turtle is readily identified at a distance by the bright yellow throat when it floats just under the surface and sticks itís head up out of the water like a snorkel. This turtle usually hisses when picked up.