Turtles of TN - ID/Taxonomy

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    large head, smooth shell, large forelegs
    Common Snapping Turtle - Chelydra serpentina
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    ridged shell, even larger head, big pointed snout with hook
    Alligator Snapping Turtle - Macrochelys temminickii
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    brownish shell with olive green body, light indistinct squiggly lines on head; can close up completely inside shell.
    Eastern Mud Turtle - Kinosternon subrurum
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    - Enormous, wide head that looks almost swollen (usually males)
    - Head speckled mottled on top w/ distinct squiggly lines on sides 
    - cannot draw body into shell entirely
    Loggerhead Musk Turtle - Sternotherus minor
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    - distinctive black head w/ yellow stripes
    - small
    Stinkpot (Common Musk Turtle) - Sternotherus odoratus
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    - Distinctive stripe down middle of shell
    - dark-headed but w/ yellowish stripes/blotching & reddish markings on shell, tail, & sometimes legs and neck
    - medium-sized
    Southern Painted Turtle - Chrysemys dorsalis
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    - dark-headed but w/ yellowish stripes/blotching & reddish markings on shell, tail, & sometimes legs and neck
    - medium-sized
    Northern Painted Turtle - Chrysemys picta
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    dark/black with two distinctive orange blotches on side of face (larger towards top of head, smaller below)
    Bog Turtle - Glyptemys muhlenbergii
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    - extensive distinct striping and whorls on head
    - females significantly larger than males w/ bigger heads
    - small orange circles against green on shells
    - distinctive white eye w/ black bar
    - flattened shell
    Common Map Turtle - Graptemys geographica
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    - flattened, "saw-back" shell
    - distinctive lines and whorls on head and legs
    - distinctive large (usually rectangular) spot on head behind eye
    • Ouachita Map Turtle - Graptemys ouachitensis
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    - flattened, "saw-back" shell
    - distinctive lines and whorls on head and legs
    - distinctive "comma" marking on head
    False Map Turtle - Graptemys pseudogeographica
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    - flattened, smooth shell with distinct yellow markings (resemble parentheses on edges)
    - distinctive broad lines on head
    Eastern River Cooter - Pseudomys concinna
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    - flattened, smooth shell with distinctive yellow markings on shell, usually in an "7" or "L" shape
    - distinctive red blotch on side of head
    - dark black spots or almost pure black on underside
    Slider - Trachemys scripta
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    Eastern Box Turtle - Terrapene carolina
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    Smooth Softshell Turtle - Apalone mutica
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    Spiny Softshell Turtle - Apalone spinifera
Author
sierratac
ID
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Turtles of TN - ID/Taxonomy
Description
Includes families Chelydridae (snapping turtles), Kinosternidae (musk and mud turtles), Emydidae (pond & box turtles), and Trionychidae (softshell turtles)
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