Blanding´s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)

Blanding’s turtle is a semi-aquatic turtle of the family Emydidae. This species is native to central and eastern parts of Canada and the United States. It is considered to be an endangered species throughout much of its range. Blanding’s turtles are of interest in longevity research, as they show little to no common signs of aging and are physically active and capable of reproduction into eight or nine decades of life. Blanding’s turtle is a medium-sized turtle with an average straight carapace length of approximately 18 to 23 cm with a maximum of 25.5 cm. Blanding’s turtle overwinters under or near water, in mud, or under vegetation or debris. This is known as Brumation. It is omnivorous, eating crustaceans and other invertebrates, fish, frogs, crayfish, carrion, berries, and vegetable debris. It is capable of catching live fish. 

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Andrew Cannizzaro

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