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Alligator Snapping Turtle
The alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) is the largest freshwater turtle species in North America. In Florida, it can be found from the Suwannee River drainage westward through the Panhandle. Learn about efforts to understand and conserve this animal.

Barbour’s Map Turtle
Barbour’s map turtle (Gratemys barbouri) is a large freshwater turtle found in northwest Florida’s Apalachicola, Chipola, Choctawhatchee and Ocklockonee rivers. Read publications on past research and find links to more online resources about this species.

Diamondback Terrapins
Florida has five subspecies of the diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin), three of which occur only in Florida. The diamondback terrapin is a coastal turtle species found statewide in coastal marshes, tidal creeks, mangroves and other brackish and estuarine habitats. Learn about recent research and find publications on past studies of this species.

Gopher Tortoise
The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is a long-lived, terrestrial turtle found in upland habitats throughout Florida. This keystone species digs burrows that are used by more than 360 other animals. Read about gopher tortoise research conducted by our staff.

Area Surveys Publications for Amphibians and Reptiles
Read publications about surveys for reptiles and amphibians on specific properties in Florida and publications about how to conduct surveys.

Harvest of Amphibians and Reptiles
Learn about the harvest of amphibians and reptiles in Florida for the pet trade, food and skins.