spotted turtle
Terrapin Ter"ra*pin, n. [Probably of American Indian origin.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of tortoises living in fresh and brackish waters. Many of them are valued for food. [Written also {terapin}, {terrapen}, {terrapene}, {turpen}, and {turapen}.] [1913 Webster]

Note: The yellow-bellied terrapin ({Pseudemys scabra}) of the Southern United States, the red-bellied terrapin ({Pseudemys rugosa} or {Chrysemys rubriventris}), native of the tributaries Chesapeake Bay (called also {potter}, {slider}, and {redfender}), and the diamond-back or salt-marsh terrapin ({Malaclemmys palustris}), are the most important American species. The diamond-back terrapin is native of nearly the whole of the Atlantic coast of the United States. [1913 Webster]

{Alligator terrapin}, the snapping turtle.

{Mud terrapin}, any one of numerous species of American tortoises of the genus {Cinosternon}.

{Painted terrapin}, the painted turtle. See under {Painted}.

{Speckled terrapin}, a small fresh-water American terrapin ({Chelopus guttatus}) having the carapace black with round yellow spots; -- called also {spotted turtle}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Spotted Turtle — Taxobox name = Spotted Turtle status = VU status system = iucn2.3 image width = 240px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Reptilia ordo = Testudines familia = Emydidae genus = Clemmys species = C. guttata binomial = Clemmys guttata… …   Wikipedia

  • spotted turtle — ▪ reptile  small freshwater turtle (family Emydidae) found from southern Canada to the southern and central United States. The spotted turtle has a shell about 10 centimetres (4 inches) long. The upper shell is smooth, with round, bright yellow… …   Universalium

  • spotted turtle — noun also spotted terrapin or spotted tortoise : a small American freshwater tortoise (Clemmys guttata) having a blackish carapace on which are scattered round yellow spots …   Useful english dictionary

  • spotted turtle — noun Date: 1868 a freshwater turtle (Clemmys guttata) of the eastern United States that has a blackish carapace with round yellow spots …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • spotted turtle-dove — /spɒtəd ˈtɜtl dʌv/ (say spotuhd tertl duv) noun a small, common dove, Streptopelia chinensis, native to Asia and introduced into Australia, pale brown underneath and dark brown above, with a black nape marked with white spots …   Australian English dictionary

  • Spotted Dove — At Austins Ferry, Tasmania Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • Turtle Dove — Taxobox name = Turtle Dove status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 image width = 240px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Columbiformes familia = Columbidae genus = Streptopelia species = S. turtur binomial = Streptopelia… …   Wikipedia

  • turtle-dove — /ˈtɜtl dʌv/ (say tertl duv) noun 1. a small, slender dove, Streptopelia turtur, having a long, graduated tail which is conspicuous in flight. 2. → laughing turtle dove. 3. → spotted turtle dove. Also, turtledove, turtle dove. {turtle2 + dove1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • spotted terrapin — noun see spotted turtle …   Useful english dictionary

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