Blanding’s Turtle

Common name : Semi-box turtle

Scientific name : Emys blandingii

Family : Emydidae

Native to : North America

Interesting fact : The shell has a hinge in the front, so it can be shut tightly when predators attack.

Conservation status : Endangered

It’s quite unique with a yellow chin and throat. The smooth shell is highly domed but flat in the centre. They don’t become adults till about 14 years only after which they mate. The semi-aquatic turtles are known to walk long distances on land. These omnivores thrive in shallow water-bodies and muddy areas and live for 80 years.

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