Bog Turtle   

Glyptemys muhlenbergii
 

IDENTIFICATION

 

Size:                   A small sized turtle measuring 3 to 4 inches in length

                            (SLC).

 

Color:                 Bog turtles are brownish-black in color with a sculptured

                            carapace. The plastron is similar in color with varying

                            yellow markings along the mid-line. There is an orange

                            or yellow blotch on each side of the head.              

 

Behavior:          Bog turtles are highly cryptic in nature and are rarely

                            encountered.  Individuals can occasionally be seen

                            during the spring months basking prior to leaf-out.         

 

Habitat:             Bog turtles are restricted to large wetland complexes

                            within Connecticut’s marble valley.           

 

Federal Listing: Threatened

State Listing: Endangered

 

 

Commonly Confused Native Species:

 

  • Often Not Confused with other Species

Created and Maintained by Dennis P. Quinn

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