Turtles in Maryland

Many of Maryland’s waterways are connected to the Chesapeake Bay, with most of the region’s geography shaped by it. Both freshwater and seawater turtles can be spotted on various beaches, rivers, and lakes.

Maryland’s state reptile is the Diamondback Terrapin. Other notable turtles include the Eastern Box Turtle, the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, and the Wood Turtle.

Turtles in Maryland (MD)

Types of Turtles Found in Maryland

Sea Turtles (Cheloniidae)

Snapping Turtles (Chelydridae)

Leatherback Sea Turtles (Dermochelyidae)

  • Leatherback Sea Turtle

Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys)

Emydid Turtles (Emydidae)

Glyptemys Turtles

  • Bog Turtle
  • Wood Turtle

Painted Turtles

Map Turtles

  • Northern Map Turtle
  • False Map Turtle


  • Diamondback Terrapin


  • Eastern River Cooter
  • Northern Red-bellied Cooter

Box Turtles

  • Eastern Box Turtle

Spotted Turtles


Mud and Musk Turtles (Kinosternidae)

Softshell Turtles (Trionychidae)

  • Spiny Softshell


Are there any endangered turtles in Maryland?

The Bog Turtle is at risk of extinction in Maryland.

Where to see sea turtles in Maryland?  

Many of Maryland’s sea turtles can be found in the Chesapeake Bay. However, they often suffer injuries or die as a result of boating.

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