This turtle lives in the Pearl River, which defines the border between Louisiana and Mississippi, and was discovered by a team from the U.S. Geological Survey. It ranges in size between 6 and 11 inches and eats clams, fish and insects.
Blanding's turtle, (Emydoidea blandingii)- is a semi-aquatic turtle of the family Emydidae. It is considered to be an endangered species throughout much of its range. It is a medium-sized turtle with an average shell length of approximately 7.1 to 9.1" with a maximum of 10". A distinguishing feature of this turtle is the bright yellow chin & throat. The carapace, or upper shell, is domed, but slightly flattened along the midline, & is oblong when viewed from above.