A spotted turtle sighting is a very rare occurrence due to their status as species of special concern in NYS. This attractive turtle is small, only 3.5-5.5 inches in length. It has a smooth, black shell with small yellow polka dots irregularly disbursed. The skin of the head, neck, legs, and tail are black over and are orange, pink to salmon red, ventrally. The plastron (underside) is yellow with large, black, square-like blotches that cover the entire plastron, and with age the plastron may become black. Spotted turtles can be found in marshes, wet meadows, swamps, bogs, and shallow borders of ponds, lakes, and streams. Spotted turtles feed on spotted salamander and wood frog egg masses, tadpoles, snails, slugs, worms, small crustaceans, and aquatic insects.