Throughout the central & eastern United States and parts of southern and eastern Canada. Range extends to Nova Scotia and Southern Alberta, south to the Gulf of Mexico & Central Texas.
Aquatic, found only in fresh or brackish water. Prefer muddy bottoms and heavy vegetation.
Length of shell ranges from 8 to 18 inches long and tail is often as long as the shell. Color of shell ranges from dark brown to tan, occasionally can occur in black. Neck, legs, and tail are yellow and head is dark. Characteristic tubercles on legs and neck.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians