Species Information

Class of Chelonia (Turtle)


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16 species are listed.
Scientific Name
and Life History
Common Name and Pictures Class US Status KY Status WAP List County List Quad
Macrochelys temminckii Alligator Snapping TurtleCheloniaNE YesCountyQuad
Terrapene carolina Eastern Box TurtleCheloniaNN CountyQuad
Kinosternon subrubrum Eastern Mud TurtleCheloniaNN YesCountyQuad
Sternotherus odoratus Eastern Musk TurtleCheloniaNN CountyQuad
Apalone spinifera spinifera Eastern Spiny SoftshellCheloniaNN CountyQuad
Apalone mutica mutica Midland Smooth SoftshellCheloniaNN YesCountyQuad
Graptemys pseudogeographica kohnii Mississippi Map TurtleCheloniaNN YesCountyQuad
Graptemys pseudogeographica pseudogeographica Northern False Map TurtleCheloniaNN YesCountyQuad
Graptemys geographica Northern Map TurtleCheloniaNN CountyQuad
Graptemys ouachitensis Ouachita Map TurtleCheloniaNN CountyQuad
Chrysemys picta Painted TurtleCheloniaNN CountyQuad
Trachemys scripta elegans Red-eared SliderCheloniaNN CountyQuad
Pseudemys concinna River CooterCheloniaNN CountyQuad
Chelydra serpentina Snapping TurtleCheloniaNN CountyQuad
Chrysemys dorsalis x picta Southern Painted and Painted Turtle HybridCheloniaNN CountyQuad
Chrysemys dorsalis Southern Painted TurtleCheloniaNT YesCountyQuad