There are two classifications of pond turtles in the world. The first subspecies of pond turtles is the Emydidae. The Emydidae species are the biggest family of turtles. It has 40 species and 12 genera. Their family members are widely distributed in North America, Northern South America and Europe. They are usually freshwater turtles.
Here are some of the Emydidae turtles that belong to the pond turtle species:
1. Colchis Turtle
2. Sardinian turtle
3. Obst’s Turtle
4. Eiselt’s Turtle
5. Western Turkey Turtle
6. Italian Turtle
7. Suedkaspi Turtle
8. Kura Valley Turtle
9. Corsican Turtle
10. Central Turkey Turtle
11. Common European Turtle
12. North African Turtle
13. Eastern Turtle
14. Spanish Turtle
The next one is the Clemmys. Clemmys are one of the types of pond turtles with only one North American species.
Here are some of the Clemmys that belong to the pond turtle species:
1. Spotted Turtle loves to live in shallow water, marshes, wet meadows and woodland streams in the Eastern U.S. Though this turtle can be kept as pet, this is now against the law because their kinds are starting to become extinct.
2. Wood Turtle is perfectly named and spend most of its time in wooded place thus it is also semi-aquatic and would love to swim around in streams, ponds and rivers.
3. Western Pond Turtle, also known as the Pacific Pond Turtle, Its normal color is dull brown to olive and this turtle originated from Baja California, Mexico.
4. Bog Turtle is a Northern American native turtle. It is one of the smallest cold blooded animals thus now considered as endangered.
These pond turtles can be quite shy and timid at times and they often hide their heads under their carapace when approached by humans. Then in just a few seconds, they will slowly lift out their tiny heads from their shells and will check their area if there are some foods around, just remember that overfeeding can lead to obesity and this can even result to untimely death.
Some of these turtles are already starting to become extinct because of the human negligence and improper care. They may have different species but they all need one thing from us, and that is our love. Bear in mind that they all need our care and attention to for them to live a healthy and long life with our family. These turtles can be great companions for a long period of time.