Turtles in Ohio

Ohio has several rivers, including the Cuyahoga River, the Ohio River, and the Maumee River. These aquatic habitats support freshwater turtles like the Common Snapping Turtle, the Northern Map Turtle, and the River Cooter.

Turtles in Ohio (OH)

Types of Turtles Found in Ohio

Snapping Turtles (Chelydridae)

  • Common Snapping Turtle

Emydid Turtles (Emydidae)

Painted Turtles

Map Turtles

  • Northern Map Turtle
  • Ouachita Map Turtle

Spotted Turtles

Blanding’s Turtles

  •  Blanding’s Turtle


  • River Cooter

Box Turtles

Glyptemys Turtles


  • Red-eared Slider
  • Pond Slider

Mud and Musk Turtles (Kinosternidae)

  • Eastern Musk Turtle (Stinkpot)

Softshell Turtles (Trionychidae)

  • Midland Smooth Softshell
  • Eastern Spiny Softshell 


Are there any endangered turtles in Ohio?

Several turtle species in Ohio are at risk, including the Blanding’s Turtle, the Spotted Turtle, and the Wood Turtle. The main reasons behind this are deforestation, damage to their nests, and collection by people who keep them as pets illegally.

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