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Blanding’s Turtle

Blanding’s turtle is a species of semi-aquatic, medium-sized turtle belonging to the Emydidae family, found in North America. The omnivorous species is known to be agile and timid.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Family Emydidae
    Subfamily Emydinae
    Genus Emys or Emydoidea
    Scientific Name Emys blandingii or
    Emydoidea blandingii

    Size Up to 25.5 cm (10.0 in)
    Weight Around 1.3 kg
    Color Yellow or light-colored spots on the outer surface against a dark background; yellow lower surface with dark uneven patches symmetrically arranged
    Distribution Nebraska, Minnesota, southern Ontario, southeastern New York, New England, Nova Scotia
    Habitat Wetlands with shallow waters
    Diet Frogs and other small vertebrates, insects, snails, crayfish, leeches, fish, berries, vegetable debris
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate in the mud at the bottom of water bodies in the winter
    Predators Eggs and juveniles fall prey to raccoons, foxes, skunks, and ravens
    Breeding Season April – early May
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 5 to 12 eggs
    Incubation Period 80 to 128 days
    Reproductive Age 14 to 20 years of age
    Average Lifespan 75 years or more
    IUCN Conservation Status Endangered

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    Published on February 4th 2017 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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