formerly Clemmys marmorata
Pacific Pond Turtle / Tortue de l'Ouest
Adults of the Pacific Pond Turtle grow to a maximum of
19 cm. They have a low carapace
which is usually patterned with faint spots or lines on a dark olive to blackish
background. The plastron is
yellowish, usually with dark blotches.
They are similar to the Painted Turtle but it has
yellow lines on the head and limbs.
They were introduced into Burnaby Lake in British Columbia. They extend as far south as
Baja California in the United States.
They are found in ponds, marshes or streams with a rocky or muddy bottom.
Mating and oviposition occur between April and August depending on locality. Clutch size
varies from three to eleven eggs.
They are highly aquatic and will bask on logs, cattail mats and mudbanks. They are
primarily carnivorous, eating insects, worms and fish but will eat carrion and some
The Pacific Pond Turtle was never endemic to
Canada. It was introduced into Burnaby Lake and has subsequently been
extirpated from Canada.