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- Diurnal – Active during the day.
- Spine – Interconnected complex of bones.
- Boy Spotted Turtles have brown eyes and girl Spotted Turtles have orange eyes.
- Spotted turtles hibernate in the summer when their shallow ponds and vernal pools dry up and in winter when it is cold.
- A turtle’s shell is made from large scales that cover one bone made of fused ribs and sternum. Its spine is attached on the other of this big bone.
- The sex of the hatchlings depends on how hot it is when the eggs incubate. Over 86 degrees F and it’s a girl!