Species Spotlight: Southwestern Pond Turtle

To bask on a warm log might be the loveliest of afternoon activities. The Southwestern Pond Turtle (Actinemys pallida) lives such a lavish lifestyle in California’s freshwater ecosystems. In fact, this species is the only pond turtle native to California that lives in freshwater! Native to the entire American west coast, the southwestern pond turtle is most often found in southern California. They enjoy ponds, small lake