Field Guide to Maryland's Turtles (Order Testudines)
36-48 inches. Record - 60 inches.
Open ocean, near shore and in coastal bays/estuaries. Most observations in our area are of juveniles near shore, usually in shallow water with an abundance of submerged vegetation. No nesting occurs at our latitude (all is tropical).
How to Find
An uncommon visitor. Look for them foraging underwater in shallow water areas with abundant seagrasses in the Coastal Bays during the summer months. State and federally listed as Threatened. If you observe or find any individuals please contact DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service.
Distribution in Maryland
Coastal Bays of Worcester County.
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