Oldest well-documented Blanding’s Turtle recaptured at reserve at age 83 

via: University of Michigan

A female Blanding’s turtle believed to be at least 83 years old was captured at a forest reserve this week. Researchers say it is the oldest well-documented Blanding’s turtle and one of the oldest-known freshwater turtles.

The turtle was captured Monday at U-M’s Edwin S. George Reserve, about 25 miles northwest of Ann Arbor in southwestern Livingston County, near Pinckney. This individual, known as 3R11L, was first captured and marked in 1954, one year after the start of the reserve’s long-running turtle study. It has been recaptured more than 50 times since then.

Blanding’s turtles reach sexual maturity at around age 20. Since 3R11L was sexually mature when first captured in 1954, she is believed to be at least 83 years old, according to turtle researcher Justin Congdon, who began studying the E.S. George turtles in the mid-1970s…

(read more: Science Daily)

photograph by Roy Nagle

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!


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“A Snowy Owl Story”
“A Little Brown Bat Story”
“A Blanding’s Turtle Story”

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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! ♥


Blanding’s Turtles Hatch at Toronto Zoo

On June 21, the Toronto Zoo, Parks Canada and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) reintroduced 36 baby Blanding’s Turtles to a wetland that will be part of Rouge National Urban Park in the Greater Toronto Area (Canada’s first national urban park).
This is the third year Blanding’s Turtles have been released in the park. In June 2015, the same group of partners collaborated on the release of 21 baby Blanding’s Turtles in the Rouge and in June 2014, 10 baby turtles were released.
The long-lived species, with a life span of up to 80 years, has inhabited the Rouge Valley for thousands of years, though prior to 2014 its future was uncertain, with as few as six of the turtles remaining.

Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) is a semi-aquatic turtle of the family Emydidae. This North American turtle is considered to be an endangered species throughout much of its range.

Learn more and see VIDEO, on today’s ZooBorns

(Photo: Heike Reuse)

After Beast Boy saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, he put on an orange bandana, barged into Raven’s room while she was meditating and turned into a turtle. While Raven was trying to figure out what he was doing he started shouting “Come on April! We have to stop Shredder from poisoning the city!” He then started slowly crawling towards the door.

How you can help save turtles crossing the road 

by Robert Sanchez

What’s an expectant turtle to do?

It’s that time of year when pregnant turtles must leave their watery homes and search for high and dry spots to lay their eggs.

Unfortunately, their journeys to nesting sites sometimes can take the creatures across roads and highways. And, as we all know, turtles aren’t exactly known for their speed and mobility.

So, despite their hard shells, the trek across busy roads leaves them little protection against fast-moving cars or trucks. Through nobody’s fault, a good number of the reptiles end their lives as speed bumps.

While it seems counterintuitive to us for a slow-moving reptile to even try to cross a busy suburban road, the turtles are just following their long-established paths…

(read more: Daily Herald)

photograph: Blanding’s Turtle; via: USFWS

Day 287

People of the internet, it’s Earth Day!

So, I made sure I went out to the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Center and did my part. I cleaned this Blanding’s turtle tank, which kind of counts.

He seems a bit happier. Like many of the turtles, his upper shell is cracked from being hit by a motor vehicle. So this summer, when you’re headed to the beach, take that extra five minutes and stop the car and move these guys off the road. If you can!

Today I cleaned a Blanding’s turtle tank at the KTTC.
Conservationists find 'extraordinary' population of endangered turtles in Nova Scotia
Volunteers at the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute are celebrating their most recent discovery: a new population of Blanding's turtles in southern Nova Scotia.

Blanding’s turtles are one of the four species of turtle found in Nova Scotia, and are by far the most endangered. Herman says roadside accidents and the vulnerability of turtle eggs to heat and raccoons are the biggest threats to Blanding’s turtles.

However, he adds that the unique life cycles of Blanding’s turtles also present conservation challenges.


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.