Why did the turtle cross the road?
This Blanding's Turtle
was in our yard, about 1/4 mile from Long's lake, on June 24, 1997.
It had crossed 2 roads to find us.
What was she doing so far from water?
Laying her eggs! We discovered the hatchlings in early
Blanding's Turtle (Emydoidea blandingi)
Bright yellow chin and throat quickly identify basking
Smooth helmet-shaped carapace is black with profusion of irregularly shaped radiating
spots and vermiculations.
The head is flat with protruding eyes and a long neck.
The hinged plastron is yellow with large black blotches
Size: 5 - 10.5 inches
Material Referenced: The Audubon
Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles & Amphibians
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