The strikingly marked spotted pond turtle is in danger of disappearing, hunted as a food source for the Asian market.
Rare large freshwater turtle with black ground color and white or light yellow spots on shell, neck and legs. Mature adults grow up to 14 inches in length, their toes are fully webbed and the tail is short.
Threats: illegal trade
The Zoo is protecting spotted pond turtles in partnership with Turtle Survival Alliance.
The spotted pond turtle is becoming more rare and endangered because of the demand for them in the Asian food market.
They bask in sunshine during the day and sleep under water at night. These turtles prefer shallow, clear waters with considerable aquatic vegetation. They are mostly carnivorous--but will eat fruit and vegetables occasionally.
Courtship usually takes place during February and March. Nesting in April and May.