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Turtles

Family: Chelydridae (Snapping Turtles)

Genera: Chelydra (Snapping Turtles) and Macrochelys (Alligator Snapping Turtles)

Aquatic. Large. Carapace rough. No supramarginal scutes. "Loggerheaded" with moderately hooked beak. Tail long and saw-toothed.  
Rare. Aquatic. Large. Carapace very rough. 3-5 supramarginal scutes sometimes present. "Loggerheaded" with strongly hooked beak. Tail long. Special Status

Family: Emydidae (Box and Water Turtles)

Genera: Chrysemys (Painted Turtles), Deirochelys (Chicken Turtles), Graptemys (Map Turtles), Pseudemys (Cooters), Terrapene (American Box Turtles), and Trachemys (Sliders)

Aquatic. Carapace somewhat flat and very smooth with an orange middorsal stripe. Plastron plain yellow. Special Status
Rare. Aquatic. First vertebral scute in contact with 4 marginal scutes. Long, striped neck. Broad leg stripe. Striped "seat of pants". Special Status
Aquatic. Weak middorsal keel. Maplike pattern. Small, yellow spot behind eye. Special Status
Aquatic. Strong middorsal keel. Large yellow spot behind eye. Smaller yellow spot below eye and on lower jaw. Neck stripes reach eye. Special Status
Aquatic. Strong middorsal keel. Yellow crescent cuts off neck stripes from reaching eye. Small yellow spot on lower jaw. Special Status
Aquatic. Reticulated carapace with second scute forming a "C". Back margin of carapace serrate and flaring. Underside of marginal scutes usually with dark "doughnuts". Plastron plain yellow. Chin flat.  
Terrestrial. Carapace forms rounded dome and is typically plain brown (though sometimes with a radiating pattern). Plastron plain (though sometimes with dark marks outlining scutes). Hind foot with 3 (or 4) toes. Juveniles with prominent middorsal keel. Special Status
Rare. Terrestrial. Carapace forms flattened dome with radiating pattern. Plastron marked boldly with reticulation of black and yellow. Hind foot with 4 toes. Juveniles with prominent middorsal keel. Special Status
Aquatic. Prominent red "ear" behind eye. Reticulated, greenish carapace with back margin somewhat serrate and flaring. Underside of marginal scutes plain. Plastron with usually one dark "doughnut" per scute.  

Family: Kinosternidae (Mud and Musk Turtles)

Genera: Kinosternon (American Mud Turtles) and Sternotherus (Musk Turtles)

Aquatic. Carapace large and domed. Plastron large and double-hinged with triangular pectoral scutes. Two light stripes on head. No barbels on chin.  
Rare. Aquatic. Carapace large and "razor-backed". Plastron with single hinge and squarish pectoral scutes. Head speckled with black dots. Barbels on chin only.  
Aquatic. Carapace with weak keel. Plastron with single hinge and squarish pectoral scutes. Two light stripes on head. Barbels on chin and neck.  

Family: Trionychidae (Softshells)

Genus: Apalone (North American Softshells)

Aquatic. Pancake-shaped with long neck and snorkel nose. Carapace mostly without pattern and smooth. Front edge of carapace without bumps. Nostrils without ridge-like projections. Feet not strongly patterned.  
Aquatic. Pancake-shaped with long neck and snorkel nose. Carapace with pattern of dots and sandpaper-like texture. Front edge of carapace with bumps. Nostrils with ridge-like projections. Feet strongly patterned.  
Subspecies: Pallid Spiny Softshell (A. s. pallida) and Eastern Spiny Softshell (A. s. spinifera)

~ Potential Occurrence ~

Aquatic. Carapace somewhat flat and very smooth. Typically some reddish coloration along the margins of the carapace and on limbs.  
Aquatic. Carapace large and domed. Plastron double-hinged with triangular pectoral scutes. Throat yellow. 9th marginal scute higher than 8th.  

~ Unidentified ~

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