Introduction

Clemmys - from the Greek word for tortoise

marmorata - from the Latin marmor, marble, referring to the marbled pattern of the carapace

Contrary to its common name, the western pond turtle is seldom found in ponds! A more descriptive name would be the western 'stream' turtle. The western pond turtle has been declining in numbers since the 1800's. A few historical records indicate the presence of individuals in Vancouver, but they were most likely introduced from populations in the United States. Populations of this species used to occur in the extreme southwest of British Columbia, in the Fraser River Valley, but they are now thought to be extinct. All northern populations of the western pond turtle in the United States are rapidly approaching the same fate