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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.