Blanding’s Turtle / Emydoidea Blandingii
I originally went out herping hoping to find some timber rattlesnakes today but after I couldn’t find the location I was looking for settled for a different one. Within an hour of getting there I was lucky enough to see this endangered Blanding’s Turtle. As soon as I saw the spots on its shell my heart was racing and I immediately went over, laid down, and took numerous photographs. They’re endangered in most of their range and the fact that I found this guy in the grass, perfectly still and able to be photographed with my simple point and shoot camera is incredible. I feel so lucky to have found him and I already submitted an rare species report to my DNR.
Please note: I did not touch him or bother him in any way, and you shouldn’t either! They’re endangered, and may be protected in your state or province.