The Chicken Turtle is a semi-aquatic turtle inhabiting temporary and permanent freshwater and adjacent terrestrial habitats. They love throughout much of the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains of the USA. Three subspecies are recognized: Deirochelys reticularia, Deirochelys chrysea, and Deirochelys miaria.
Deirochelys reticularia (Family Emydidae)
The Chicken Turtle
First of all local population sizes are generally small. The species differs from most other North American turtles because it has a nesting season that extends from fall to spring. Followed by a long incubation period. Furthermore, threats to this species come from the disruption, destruction, or isolation of freshwater wetlands, including small or temporary ones. Consequently the elimination or alteration of surrounding terrestrial habitats. Most noteworthy, the species is not currently considered globally endangered. While some peripheral populations (e.g., those in Missouri and Virginia) are listed as locally endangered.
The Chicken Turtle is beautiful
Threats To To Wild Populations
This species for many years was a favorite soup turtle. Though turtle soup isn’t as popular in recent history it is still considered a good eating turtle by many in the southeast.
Threats to this species come from the disruption, destruction, or isolation of freshwater wetlands, including small or temporary ones, and the elimination or alteration of surrounding terrestrial habitats. The species is not currently considered globally endangered, though some peripheral populations (e.g., those in Missouri and Virginia) are listed as locally endangered.
Eastern moles (Scalopus aquaticus) are a significant predator of chicken turtle nests. As well as snapping turtles and bird of prey.
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Crazy Critters Inc. is a Private Non-Profit, 501(c)3, Exotic Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. Our Wildlife Facility is located in Eustis, Florida. We provide permanent homes to over 200 animals including lizards, turtles, skinks, geckos, birds, and assorted wildlife. Crazy Critters Inc. was established to provide non-domestic, non-releasable animals with a safe and permanent home.
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