Turtles in Oregon

There are only two species of freshwater turtle native to Oregon – the Western Painted Turtle and the Western Pond Turtle. However, two invasive species also live in the state, which compete for resources with the native species – the Red-eared Slider and the Common Snapping Turtle.

However, these aren’t the only aquatic turtles found here, as several saltwater turtles also make their way to Oregon during the summer.

Turtles in Oregon (OR)

Types of Turtles Found in Oregon

Sea Turtles (Cheloniidae)

Snapping Turtles (Chelydridae)

  • Common Snapping Turtle

Leatherback Sea Turtles (Dermochelyidae)

  • Leatherback Sea Turtle

Emydid Turtles (Emydidae)

Painted Turtles

  • Western Painted Turtle

Pond Turtles

  • Western Pond Turtle


  • Red-eared Slider


Are there any endangered turtles in Oregon?

Oregon’s native species – the Western Pond Turtle and the Western Painted Turtle – are at risk.

Where to see sea turtles in Oregon?

The Green Sea Turtle, the Leatherback Sea Turtle, and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle can be seen off the Oregon coast. They have been spotted off Gold Beach and Winchester Bay.

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