A Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of California
These maps illustrate the general historic range of indigenous and alien turtles in California.
Red, or another color indicated below the map, shows this distribution. Turtles of the species or subspecies shown are expected to be found within the illustrated area in places where suitable habitat and conditions occur. In some cases, the current range may be fragmented or considerably diminished from the range illustrated here.
While there have been a couple of established locations for Green Seaturtles, Seaturtles generally show up unpredictably at various locations in coastal waters and beaches. Locations that I have found so far for each species are shown here.
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Northern Western Pond Turtle,
Southern Western Pond Turtle