Our turtles are the only wild residents here that aren't native to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. If you   adopt   a turtle, it helps to  pay for their food and maintenance on their tanks (filters, pumps, and so forth).
Red-Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

Alice was a pet before red-eared sliders became illegal to own in Montana in 2014. Since we have the appropriate permits, she was given to us. Red-eared sliders are on the IUCN list of the 100 World's Worst Invasive Alien Species . They cause problems for our native Western painted turtles.
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Red-Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

Georgia, our largest turtle, was also a pet before red-eared sliders became illegal in Montana. Although you can't take one home, you can rest easy because the Tennage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the crime-fighting "heroes in a half shell") are red-eared sliders!
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Common Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina)

We don't know how old Wilma is; we just know that box turtles live a long time, commonly over 100 years! The only vertebrates that live longer than box turtles are some species of tortoises. Box turtles live on land their whole lives.
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Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata)

Ornate box turtles get their names from the yellow markings on their carapace (the top shell). Fred and Wilma were pets and came to us together. Box turtles have a hinged shell that can be completely shut tight when they feel threatened.
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Loggerhead Musk Turtle (Sternotherus minor)

These are called "musk" turtles because they release a foul-smelling liquid when threatened, kind of like a skunk. The "loggerhead" part of their name refers to their unusually large heads compared to other turtles. Puddles was a pet, which isn't a good idea. Loggerhead musk turtles have powerful jaws and can give you quite a painful bite.
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False Map Turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica)

False map turtles get their name from lines on the top of their shells, which fade as the turtles get older. They live in rivers and streams from Alabama all the way north to the Dakotas. In colder climates, they burrow into river bottoms to hibernate. Atlas has been in captivity his whole life, so he can't be released into the wild.
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