of Tennessee


Tennessee is home to 16 species of turtles.  Please take the time to learn more about these interesting and beneficial residents of our state.

Amphibian and Reptile Checklist for each of the Grand Divisions of Tennessee

West Tennessee

Middle Tennessee

East Tennessee

County Map by www.tn.gov


Tennessee's Turtles

Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii)

Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)

Southern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys dorsalis)

Bog Turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii)

Northern Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica)

Ouachita Map Turtle (Graptemys ouachitensis)

False Map Turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica)

River Cooter (Pseudemys concinna)

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina)

Pond Slider (Trachemys scripta)

Eastern Mud Turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum)

Loggerhead Musk Turtle (Sternotherus minor)

Eastern Musk Turtle (Sternotherus odoratus)

Smooth Softshell (Apalone mutica)

Spiny Softshell (Apalone spinifera)


In Tennessee, it is illegal to harm, kill, remove from the wild, or possess native reptiles or amphibians taken from the wild without the proper permits.

Please help the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) to protect our native turtles. Do not remove turtles from the wild or release turtles that have been captive into the wild.

Once-captive turtles often don't survive in the wild and can introduce harmful diseases and parasites into the wild.



Tennessee Herpetological Society

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