January 7, 2020
Endangered Wood Turtle: Slowly Vanishing From Our Streams and Woodlands
- as seen by -Scott D. Gillingwater
This reptile, a wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta), is named for its beautiful shell that has a wooden appearance.
It is an endangered species in Ontario due to road mortality, illegal collection, loss of habitat, and high depredation of nests.
Active recovery efforts are taking place, though threats continue to increase in both number and severity. The adult female wood turtle (above) is from a long-term study population in Ontario, Canada. She is from an exceptionally light-colored population — the shell matches the yellow algae found on rocks in their stream habitat.
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