Hey Marylanders:  ​Have
you heard of the wood turtle?

Wood turtles are semi-aquatic and spend
much of their time along streams. They sometimes hunt by stomping their
feet to entice worms up to the soil surface. 

populations throughout the wood turtle’s range have declined, in part,
due to illegal harvesting. These slow-growing, long-lived species
produce few young. Wildlife and Heritage Service biologists like Ed
Thompson annually monitor wood turtle populations through mark-recapture

If you find a wood turtle in Maryland, then please report its location using our online form:


*Due to the threats faced by wood turtles, please do not publicly post location information.

MD Dept. of Natural Resources- Wildlife & Heritage Service

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