Missouri Animals
Western chicken turtle   (Deirochelys reticularia miaria)
Chordate: Vertebrate: Reptile: Testudines: Basking, Marsh, and Box Turtles
Native North American turtle


Habitat: river sloughs, swamps
Diet: insects, crayfish
Natural History: The western chicken turtle is a semi-aquatic turtle that reaches 6 inches in length. It is found wandering on land as often as basking on logs in the water.
The graphics, text, and sound are from:
The Amphibians and Reptiles of Missouri by Tom R. Johnson, Missouri Department of Conservation, ©1992