Turtle Species of Oregon

The following species are the most common in Oregon but others may be encountered



Threats to Native Turtles

Both of Oregon’s native turtle species are listed as priority at-risk species. Here are some reasons:

Habitat loss and degradation

Development and habitat alterations have severely impacted native turtle populations throughout Oregon and the Northwest. Turtles need areas with slow moving water and just the right vegetation.

Disturbance

Turtles are skittish and easily disturbed by all kinds of human (and dog) activities.

Removal from the wild

People take turtles home as pets, even though they don’t make good pets.