Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, BC (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, BC (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Blanding's Turtle (Photo by NCC)

Blanding's Turtle (Photo by NCC)

Blanding’s turtle

Blanding’s turtles are medium-sized freshwater turtles.

Identification

Blanding’s turtles have large domed, black shells that can reach up to 28 centimetres in length. They often have tan or yellow markings, but these may be faded or absent in some turtles. The chin and throat are yellow.

Range and habitat

There is a disjunct population of Blanding’s turtles in Nova Scotia, but most of the species is located in southern Ontario and western Quebec.

Their preferred habitat is restricted to lakes, beaver ponds and wetlands with shallow water and mucky bottoms.

Conservation status

Nova Scotia population: Endangered

Great Lakes/St. Lawrence population: Threatened

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