Turtles in Connecticut 

Connecticut is bordered by the Long Island Sound on its south, meaning it gets plenty of visits from sea turtles. In addition to this, due to the Connecticut River flowing through the state, there are several freshwater turtles like the Common Snapping Turtle, the Bog Turtle, and the Wood Turtle.

Turtles in Connecticut (CT)

Types of Turtles Found in Connecticut

Sea Turtles (Cheloniidae)

Snapping Turtles (Chelydridae)

  • Common Snapping Turtle

Leatherback Sea Turtles (Dermochelyidae)

  • Leatherback Sea Turtle

Hawksbill Sea Turtles (Eretmochelys)

Emydid Turtles (Emydidae)

Glyptemys Turtles

  • Bog Turtle
  • Wood Turtle

Painted Turtles


Box Turtle

Spotted Turtles

Mud and Musk Turtles (Kinosternidae)

  • Eastern Musk Turtle (Stinkpot)


Are there any endangered turtles in Connecticut?

The Bog Turtle is federally endangered in Connecticut and is only found in a few places in the western part of the state. Other at-risk turtles include the Eastern Box Turtle, the Spotted Turtle, the Diamondback Terrapin, and the Wood Turtle.

Where to see sea turtles in Connecticut?

Sometimes sea turtles can be seen in Long Island Sound, where they ride the Gulf Stream.

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