Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)

Also recorded as Emys blandingii, Blanding’s turtle is an endangered species of semi-aquatic marsh turtle (Emydidae) which is native to North America, where it occurs mainly in the great lakes region, extending into central Nebraska and Minnesota. Like many other members of its family, Blanding’s turtles are primarily encountered in wetlands, typically with clean shallow water. They are also known to wander far from water, primarily during the nesting season. Blanding’s turtles are omnivorous, feeding on a range of freshwater invertebrates, carrion, berries and other plant matter .

Currently Emydoidea blandgingii is listed as endangered by the IUCN, as it faces major threats from habitat fragmentation/destruction as well as nest predation by introduced predators. 


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Image: Me!


prints now available for the cover art of:
“A Snowy Owl Story”
“A Little Brown Bat Story”
“A Blanding’s Turtle Story”

canadian-turtle submitted to thewhimsyturtle:

This is Bumi (RES), Fingers (painted), and Valgrind (Blanding’s). They like to snuggle

Hello, Bumi, Fingers, and Valgrind! What cute snuggle buddies you all are! And look at those beautiful colors on Fingers’s shell! We know from experience how cute red-eared sliders like Bumi are (the memories of Lunchbox!), but we have never met a Blanding’s turtle before. What a big happy smile you have, Valgrind! And what wonderful names you all have! ♥


My first ever Blanding’s Turtle. One of Ontario’s 8 species of turtles, it is currently listed as threatened. I was leaving my cottage when I saw this gal on the side of the road and decided I would help her cross. Once I took her picture, and put her down on the other side of the road, she decided she didn’t actually want to be on that side of road and much to my amusement she “quickly” scurried back to the other side. Turtles are weird…
The Blanding’s turtle is especially cool because it half of its plastron is hinged, meaning it can partially close the front opening of it shells as a defense mechanism.