spotted turtle


: a freshwater turtle (Clemmys guttata) of the eastern U.S. that has a blackish carapace with round yellow spots

Examples of spotted turtle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some folks even catch glimpses of critters like the endangered spotted turtle or the massasauga rattlesnake. Jamie Clarkson, The Enquirer, 22 June 2021 The spotted turtle is a semiaquatic turtle native to the eastern U.S. and the Great Lakes region. Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, 6 Apr. 2021 The species taken included: Florida box turtles, Eastern box turtles, striped mud turtles, Florida mud turtles, chicken turtles, Florida softshell turtles, Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtles, spotted turtles and diamondback terrapins. Fox News, 19 Oct. 2019 Ride a longboat down the Tiputini River with an indigenous guide, who will help us spot turtles, tapirs, and caimans bobbing at the water’s surface. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spotted turtle was in 1868

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“Spotted turtle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

spotted turtle

: a small freshwater turtle of the eastern U.S. with a blackish shell covered with round yellow spots

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