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Blanding's Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)
Blanding's Turtle , St. Croix State Park, Minnesota
Photograph by Raphael Carter. GNU Free Documentation License. (view image details)
BLANDING'S TURTLE FACTSDescription
Blanding's Turtle is a semi-aquatic turtle with a bright yellow chin and throat. The carapace is domed and oblong when viewed from above. The carapace is dark with yellow or light-speckles or streaks. The plastron, or underside is yellow with dark blotches. The head and legs are dark speckled or mottled with yellow. Blanding's Turtle is timid and when alarmed will dive into the water and remain on the bottom for hours. It rarely attempts to bite.
carapace length 17cm - 25cm
shallow, marshy waters, ponds, weedy coves. Hibernates in mud or under vegetation or debris.
eats crustaceans, other invertebrates, fish, frogs, crayfish, plants, carrion and vegetable debris.
Blanding's turtles nest in June. The clutch size ranges from 5-12 eggs with an average of eight. Can live to 70 years of age.
found from central Nebraska and Minnesota eastward through southern Ontario and east to northern New York.