Southeastern United States. Range extends north to Tennessee, south into central Florida, east to the Atlantic Ocean and west into Mississippi.
Aquatic. Found in springs, streams, rivers, and other clean fresh bodies of water. Typically found underwater, on bottom, sometimes up to 20 feet deep. Occasionally can be seen basking on tree branches above water. Only terrestrial when nesting.
Adult carapace length between 3 and 4.5 inches, tan to dark brown in color with black spots or streaks. Unusually large head. Head, legs, and tail occur in varying shades of light brown with dark spots or streaks.
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