Massachusetts has ten native terrestrial and aquatic turtles (not including sea turtles) and six of those are listed under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA).  In addition, Massachusetts has one widely distributed, introduced (non-native) species.  See below for more information on these species.

For more information on turtle conservation or what to do if you have found a turtle, please see our Turtle Frequently Asked Questions page.

MESA Listed Turtles

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Blanding's Turtle, Threatened.  Photo by Lori Erb.

Blanding's Turtle, T (Photo by Lori Erb)

  Diamond-backed Terrapin, Threatened.  Photo by MassWildlife.

Diamond-backed Terrapin, T (Photo by MassWildlife)

  Northern Red-bellied Cooter, Endangered.  Photo by MassWildlife.

Northern Red-bellied Cooter, E (Photo by MassWildlife)

  Bog Turtle, Endangered.  Photo by Lori Erb.

Bog Turtle, E (Photo by Lori Erb)

  Eastern Box Turtle, Special Concern.  Photo by Liz Willey.

Eastern Box Turtle, SC (Photo by Liz Willey)

  Wood Turtle, Special Concern.  Photo by Mike Jones.

Wood Turtle, SC (Photo by Mike Jones)

Massachusetts Terrestrial and Aquatic Turtles

SpeciesMESA Listing StatusFederal Listing StatusHabitatGeography
N. Red-bellied Cooter
(Pseudemys rubriventris)
EndangeredEndangeredPonds/StreamsPlymouth County, MA
Bog Turtle
(Glyptemys muhlenbergii)
EndangeredThreatenedFensSouthwestern MA
Diamond-backed Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin)Threatened Salt MarshesCoastal areas of MA
Blanding's Turtle
(Emydoidea blandingii)
Threatened Shallow Marshes, Shrub-swamps, Vernal PoolsEastern MA, except Cape Cod
Eastern Box Turtle
(Terrapene carolina)
Species of Special Concern Woods, Fields, Wetland edgesThroughout MA, except the northwest corner
Wood Turtle
(Glyptemys insculpta)
Species of Special Concern Rivers, Streams, Fields, WoodsThroughout MA, except Cape Cod and Islands
Spotted Turtle
(Clemmys guttata)
  Shrub-swamps, Vernal Pools, Wet Meadows, Shallow MarshThroughout MA
Eastern Musk Turtle/Stinkpot
(Sternotherus odoratus)
  Rivers, Streams, PondsThroughout MA
Snapping Turtle
(Chelydra serpentine)
  Most WetlandsThroughout MA
Painted Turtle
(Chrysemys picta)
  Most WetlandsThroughout MA
Red-eared Slider
(Introduced invasive)
(Trachemys scripta elegans)
  Ponds, StreamsThroughout MA