spotted turtle


Definition of spotted turtle

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

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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, "Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galápagos High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 The privately run Lake Katherine in Palos Heights also is a good place to spot turtles, beavers, and herons. Paige Fumo Fox, Daily Southtown, "Ahoy, paddlers: Local lakes and rivers beckon," 13 June 2018 Two flight attendants were arrested in Los Angeles carrying live spotted turtles to Asia in personal baggage, said Interpol. Washington Post, "Giant crackdown against wildlife crime in 92 countries," 20 June 2018 The fixed-wing drone flew 300 feet above the water off the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge, offering an expanded view and the ability to let researchers spot turtles swimming just below the ocean’s surface. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Drones are a new tool for Duke, UNC scientists. And they found oodles of sea turtles.," 17 Jan. 2018

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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