Turtles enjoy our rivers and streams, too!

As you are experiencing our rivers and streams, you may notice the many aquatic turtles you are sharing the water with. 

Many people ask, “Will these turtles hurt me?” The short answer is no, but with most wildlife, if you make them feel threatened, they will defend themselves.

Missouri has many different types of aquatic turtles including, sliders, cooters, soft-shelled, and snapping turtles. 

There are even map, mud, musk, and painted turtles that you may be found in and around our lakes, rivers, and ponds. 

Red eared slider

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