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 the family is represented by 7 genera and 16 species. 



Southern painted turtle (Chrysemys dorsalis)

Western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)

Western Chicken turtle (Deirochelys reticularia miaria)

Cagle's map turtle (Graptemys caglei)

Ouachita map turtle (Graptemys ouachitensis)

Mississippi map turtle (Graptemys kohnii)

Sabine map turtle (Graptemys sabinensis)

Texas map turtle (Graptemys versa)

Texas diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin littoralis)

Eastern river cooter (Pseudemys concinna)

Rio Grande cooter (Pseudemys gorzugi)

Texas river cooter (Pseudemys texana)

Three toed Box turtle (Terrapene carolina triunguis)

Ornate Box turtle (Terrapene ornata)

Big Bend slider (Trachemys gaigeae)

Red ear slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)







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