Blanding's Turtle (Photo by NCC)
Blanding’s turtles are medium-sized freshwater turtles.
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.
Nova Scotia population: Endangered
Great Lakes/St. Lawrence population: Threatened