Family Emydidae: Box turtles, Chicken turtles, Cooters, Map turtles, Painted turtles, Sliders and Terrapins
Members of the family Emydidae are probably the most commonly encountered family of turtle in Texas. Seen crossing roadways, wandering in fields, basking on logs or swimming in various bodies of water, turtles belonging to the family Emydidae represent the greatest diversity of turtles in Texas. Within Texas, native representation of this family is comprised of 7 genera and 15 species. Worldwide this family is represented by 11 genera and 41 species.