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These newly hatched turtles are between 20 and 35 mm (3/4 to 1 3/8 inches) in length. Hatching usually takes place in late summer or early fall. Clutch sizes may be as large as 22 eggs, and some females lay more than 1 clutch per season.
Wide variety of aquatic habitats but prefers a mud bottom, lots of aquatic vegetation and basking sites. Can be found in both natural waters and man-made waters like ponds, ditches, and reservoirs.