Blanding's Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)

The Blanding’s Turtle is easily identified by its characteristic bright yellow throat and jaw. It has a smooth, domed shell that has been said to resemble a military helmet. This medium-sized turtle inhabits a network of lakes, streams, and wetlands, preferring shallow wetland areas with abundant vegetation. It can also spend significant portions of time in upland areas moving between wetlands. In a single season this highly mobile turtle has been known to travel up to seven km in search of food or a mate.

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