Turtles in Rhode Island

With a nickname like the ‘Ocean State,’ it should be no surprise that saltwater turtles often visit Rhode Island. However, there are quite a few freshwater species in the state. These include the Common Snapping Turtle, the Wood Turtle, and the Spotted Turtle.

Turtles in Rhode Island (RI)

Types of Turtles Found in Rhode Island

Sea Turtles (Cheloniidae)

Snapping Turtles (Chelydridae)

  • Common Snapping Turtle

Leatherback Sea Turtles (Dermochelyidae)

  • Leatherback Sea Turtle

Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys)

  • Hawksbill Turtle

Emydid Turtles (Emydidae)

Painted Turtles


  • Northern Diamondback Terrapin

Spotted Turtles

  • Spotted Turtle

Blanding’s Turtles

  •  Blanding’s Turtle

Box Turtles

Glyptemys Turtles

  • Wood Turtle


  • Pond Slider

Mud and Musk Turtles (Kinosternidae)

  • Eastern Musk Turtle (Stinkpot)


Are there any endangered turtles in Rhode Island?

The Northern Diamondback Terrapin and the Wood Turtle are at risk in Rhode Island.

Where to see sea turtles in Rhode Island?

Depending on how warm the waters around the coast are, sea turtles can be spotted around Rhode Island. Some places where turtles have been spotted in the past include Narragansett Bay and Block Island Sound.

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