Glyptemys insculpta
North American Wood Turtle

    • Habitat:
      Riparian woodlands, moist meadows, vegetated floodplains, swamps, agricultural land, and upland hillsides, and their accompanying cool, clear-to-relatively clear streams, creeks, and rivers
    • Threats:
      - Widespread habitat destruction, alteration, and fragmentation
      - Collection for the pet trade
      - Road and railroad mortality
      - Increased predator populations
      - Climate change
    • Conservation Efforts:
      - Field surveys and population monitoring
      - Habitat restoration and management
      - Road mortality mitigation
      - Population augmentation through head start release
      - Combating wildlife trafficking
      - Protected in every state and province in which it naturally occurs
      - CITES Appendix II
    • Wild Population:
      - Decreasing
      - Continuing range regression
      - Dense populations localized
      - Healthy populations often associated with state or federally protected lands
    • Endangered Status:

Fast Facts

Has bright orange, pink, red, or yellow skin and well defined shell scutes.

Species Snapshot