Pond Turtle Skull Replica


The range of the Western Pond Turtle extends from the Puget Sound lowlands in Washington through western Oregon and California, south to Baja California. This aquatic turtle lives in streams, ponds, lakes, permanent and ephemeral wetlands.


Pond Turtle Skull Replica measures 1.8 inches. Pond Turtle Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in the USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

Terrapin is semi aquatic. Lives in rivers, swamps, lakes and lagoons. New world. Turtles are ectotherms, animals commonly called cold-blooded, meaning that their internal temperature varies according to the ambient environment.

However, because of their high metabolic rate, leatherback sea turtles have a body temperature that is noticeably higher than that of the surrounding water.

Turtles are classified as amniotes, along with other reptiles, birds, and mammals. Like other amniotes, turtles breathe air and do not lay eggs underwater, although many species live in or around water.

The Western Pond Turtle or Actinemys marmorata is also known as the Pacific Pond Turtle. Originally it ranged from northern Baja California, Mexico, north to the Puget Sound region of Washington.

It was once a large part of a major fishery on Tulare Lake, California, supplying San Francisco with a local favorite, turtle soup, as well as feed for hogs that learned to dive for it in the shallows of Hog Island, also on Tulare Lake.

As of 2007, the Western Pond Turtle or Actinemys marmorata became rare or absent in the Puget Sound area. It has a disjunct distribution in most of the Northwest, and some isolated populations exist in southern Washington.

The Western Pond Turtle is now rare in the Willamette Valley north of Eugene, Oregon, but abundance increases south of that city where temperatures are higher.

It may be locally common in some streams, rivers and ponds in southern Oregon. A few records are reported east of the Cascade Mountains, but these may have been based on introduced individuals.

The Western Pond Turtle or Actinemys marmorata ranges up to 305 m (1,001 ft.) in Washington, and to about 915 m (3,002 ft.) in Oregon. The Western Pond Turtle or Actinemys marmorata also occurs in Uvas Canyon area, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, and in the North Bay, and in lakes such as Fountain Grove Lake.

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Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 1.8 in
Pond Turtle Facts:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Emydidae
Genus: Actinemys
Species: A. marmorata
Binomial name: Actinemys marmorata
Conservation Status: Vulnerable
A vulnerable species is one which has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as likely to become endangered unless the circumstances that are threatening its survival and reproduction improve.