Painted turtles, QC (Photo by NCC)

Painted turtles, QC (Photo by NCC)

Turtles of Canada

 Snapping turtle (Photo by Ontley)

Eastern snapping turtle

Eastern snapping turtles are the largest freshwater turtles in Canada.

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 Spiny softshell (Photo by Ryan M. Bolton)

Spiny softshell turtle

With its flat, soft shell and long thin nose, the spiny softshell turtle often attracts public curiosity.

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 Musk turtle (Photo by Dawson)

Eastern musk turtle

Sometimes referred to as the "stinkpot" turtle, this species emits a strong odour, especially when it is frightened.

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 Eastern painted turtle (Photo by Greg Schechter)

Painted turtle

There are three subspecies of painted turtle in Canada: eastern, western and midland.

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 Spotted turtle (Photo by John Mitchell, Figment Films)

Spotted turtle

Spotted turtles are a small freshwater species.

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 Blanding's Turtle (Photo by NCC)

Blanding's turtle

Blanding’s turtles are medium-sized freshwater turtles.

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 Wood turtle (Photo by Ryan M. Bolton)

Wood turtle

The wood turtle is listed as a species at risk both federally (threatened) and provincially (endangered).

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 Northern map turtle (Photo by Gordon E. Robertson)

Northern map turtle

This is a large freshwater species.

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 Leatherback sea turtle (Photo by USFWS)

Leatherback sea turtle

This enormous sea turtle is the largest species of turtle in the world.

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 Loggerhead sea turtle (Photo by Brian Gratwicke)

Loggerhead sea turtle

This is the second-largest species of turtle in the world.

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 Green sea turtle (Photo by P. Lindgren)

Green sea turtle

The green sea turtle is not always green.

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 Kemp's Ridley sea turtle (Photo by USFWS)

Kemp's Ridley sea turtle

This is the smallest species of sea turtle found in Canadian waters.

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