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Blandings Turtle

Emydoidea blandingii


The Blanding's Turtle is a medium sized turtle with a carapace of about 10 inches. The carapace (upper shell) is domed and speckled with yellow spots. One of the distinguishing marks is the bright yellow chin and throat. The lower shell is hinged allowing the lower part to fold upward and meet with the carapace to better protect the head and neck from injury.


The Blanding's Turtle are semi-aquatic turtles living in wetland and sand dune complexes, in which it lays its eggs. Its range includes much of the US Midwest and eastern Canada.


This photo was made, after I stopped the car to move this turtle from the center of a rural road. I feared that it would not live to see the next day had I not moved it to safety. The photo was taken after it was moved to the side of the road it was attempting to get to.

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Ricardo Salgueiro
Ricardo Salgueiro 10 years ago

Nice spot!! Love the colours.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 10 years ago

Wonderful photo! Great job. Blandings are also considered endangered here in Minnesota as well.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Love those sparkling eyes... and spectacular one. Nice catch of contrast in Tortoise's colours...Great spotting.

BudShinall 10 years ago

Great photo and story to go with it.

KarenL 10 years ago

Lovely photo Bill, & nice story!

CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

I want a turtle. One think I certainly lack. And your photos are such enjoyment to go thru.

williefromwi 10 years ago

Thanks for the information bandhturtlesite

bandhturtlesite 10 years ago

This is more than likely a relatively old turtle. From the picture the sex of the turtle or age cannot be determined. However, this turtle looks as though it would be large enough to be a sexually mature female. It takes female Blanding's Turtles about 14-20 years to reach sexual maturity, so this turtle has seen a few years.

williefromwi 10 years ago

Small Wonders, I do not know much about this turtle or how I would go about guessing its age. I suspect it was several years old, as it appeared it was heading to a spot to lay eggs. ( I am only speculating about this). Many other turtles were out laying eggs around the time I made this spotting. This was the only blanding's I saw. I did see many snapping turtles depositing their eggs in the soft dirt or sand. Because this was located on a road with private property on both sides, I was not able to check out where it was headed.

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 10 years ago

Great, rare spotting! Is it a young turtle? We need the young ones!

williefromwi 10 years ago

It is in many States, thanks for looking, and thanks for the comment bandhturtlesite

bandhturtlesite 10 years ago

Nice spotting. The Blanding's Turtle is a threatened species in my state.

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Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Apr 15, 2012
Submitted on May 17, 2012

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