Blanding's turtle atop an old stump
This turtle's domed shell is said to resemble a military helmet. What do you think? It's yellow throat and jaw also makes it easy to identify.
Blanding's turtles prefer shallow water found in marshes and bogs with lots of vegetation and are mostly found in the southern Great Lakes region, which ranges from Ontario in the north and Illinois to Nebraska in the south. Here in Ontario they are protected under the province's threatened Species Act.
Waiting for a tasty morsel to fly right in
Unlike other aquatic turtles, Blanding's can swallow their food without being submerged.
Raccoons, skunks and parasites are major enemies, as well as road traffic, habitat destruction and collection for sale as pets.
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