Great lakes region from South Dakota and North Dakota on the east to northwestern Pennsylvania on the west; as far north as southwestern Quebec and as far south as northern Missouri.
Stays near the water in upland with grass and shrubs. This can include marshes, swamps, ponds, lakes, slow rivers, and coves. Classified as semi-aquatic, they are known to be highly mobile and can populate large areas. Females lay eggs in sandy upland areas.
Exhibits a yellow throat, chin, and plastron. Legs and tail are either grayish, bluish, black, or brown with yellow or brown blotches. Large, flat head is black or brown and sometimes will have yellow blotches. Carapace is smooth and domed; exhibits a bluish blackish color and is not keeled or serrated. Males and females mate from March to May. Females typically lay their eggs in the evening.
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