Congratulations! You are a Snapping Turtle! You are a leader, impressive and inspiring to others, and enjoy being pushed to your limits.
Snapping Turtles are the most misunderstood of our Ontario turtles. They get a bad rep for being scary, when really there is no reason to be afraid of these tough guys. Did you know Snapping Turtles will not snap at you underwater, and only snap on land when they feel threatened? When they are scared underwater they will actually swim away or bury themselves in sediment. And on land, they only snap when threatened. This is because they are too big to fit in their shells, so they need a way to protect themselves.
Like a Snapping Turtle you can sometimes be misjudged as being pretty tough when really you are a pretty big sweetheart. People look up to you as role model and leader because of your impressive, and sometimes even intimidating personality.
Snapping Turtles play key roles in their ecosystems by spreading seeds of aquatic plants and cleaning the water by eating dead and decaying animals along the bottom. Just like Snappers, you also play an important role in your ecosystem. You make valuable contributions to the communities you are a part of, and others rely on you.
Like Snapping turtles you are strong, emotionally and physically. You enjoy being challenged and pushed to your limits.
Snapping Turtles are disappearing from Ontario because of major threats to their survival such as habitat loss, collisions with vehicles on roads, and persecution by humans who view them as a threat.
You are a Spotted Turtle! These tiny turtles are well loved because of their adorable spots and sweet natures. They are home bodies and do not like to leave their home wetlands.
Like Spotted turtles you are well loved for your sweet nature and your friends are always saying just how adorable you are. You like spending time with your pals but you also really enjoy a cozy, quiet night in. A night with a hot cocoa and a good book or movie restores your soul.
Spotted Turtles are the only Ontario turtles who spend some time in the summer in a dormant state. You also enjoy taking it easy on a warm summer day, and even sneaking in a nice warm nap.
Spotted Turtles are disappearing quickly from Ontario because they so lovable and adorable that they are illegally collected for the pet trade. They are also threatened by habitat loss and collisions with vehicles on roads.
Wow - you are a Blanding's Turtle! This is one unique turtle - with its brightly yellow coloured throat and distinct domed like shell it can not be confused for any other Ontario turtle.
Just like a Blanding's you are one of a kind, and anyone that knows you realizes that there is no one else quite like you.
The other quality you share with this turtle species is your endurance and stamina. Blanding's turtles travel the furthest distance on land. Females can travel up to 7.5 km to lay their nests, most travelling about 2 km, which is more than females from other species generally do.
You too enjoy sports and activities that test and build your endurance. Whether it is cross country running, hiking or some other long distance something, you love it and the way it makes you feel.
This stamina carries over into all aspects of your life, determination and perseverance are hallmarks of your character. When you start something you finish it, and when things get tough you do not give up.
Blanding's Turtles are in serious trouble in Ontario because of the high numbers (particularly of breeding females) that are killed by cars while crossing roads. They are also losing habitat due to residential and commercial development and invasive plants overtaking their wetlands.
You got Wood Turtle! Wow you must be a real smartie pants because this right here is Ontario's smartest turtle.
Wood Turtles spend the most time on land of all the Ontario turtles. They find their food on land and show their intelligence in one of their hunting strategies. These turtles will bang their front legs and belly shell on the ground to bring worms to the surface so they can catch them. Worms likely feel the vibrations in the soil and think it is raining!
Like the clever Wood Turtle, your friends would definitely describe you as an intellectual. You enjoy solving puzzles, learning new things and activities that involve strategy.
The other quality you share in common with a Wood Turtle is their affinity for the forest. Their shells resemble the texture of wood, hence their name, and like this forest loving turtle you feel most at home among the trees.
Wood Turtles are captivating to humans because of their charismatic behaviour and appearances and unfortunately this means they are illegally collected from the wild for the pet trade. They are also threatened by agricultural and residential development of the forest around their home rivers, higher numbers of predators in these areas, and by roads and vehicles that pass through their terrestrial habitat.
This is a small but mighty turtle! Feisty and sassy these little ones can sometimes be confused with small Snapping Turtles because of the defensive behavior (biting, releasing a stinky odour) they display when threatened.
Like the Eastern Musk Turtle, you are also brave and feisty, and don't let big scary things prevent you from doing what you think is right. You have a flair for the dramatic and will always speak your mind.
These little turtles can fit in small places, and even climb low hanging vegetation overlaying water when they are young. Escape artists while in captivity, they can not be tamed!
This quality is reflected in your personality by your fierce independence, passionate nature and your drive to always fight against injustice.
Eastern Musk Turtles are disappearing from Ontario because of habitat loss due to shoreline development, collisions with boats, and fishing bycatch (being uninentionally caught by anglers and commercial fishing nets).
Lucky you, Northern Map Turtles are awesome! Although they are shy of humans they are very social with other turtles. They like to be around other turtles, and will often be seen sun bathing on rocks or logs in groups.
Like the Northern Map Turtle you are a team player, and enjoy being in the company of others. You might be a bit shy with strangers but within your circle of friends and family you are a social butterfly. You get along well with others, and are a loyal and supportive friend.
Northern Map Turtles are also excellent swimmers and can live in large lakes because of their strong swimming abilities. Like Map Turtles you love to swim and in the summer you are always looking for a lake, pool or pond to cool off in.
Northern Map Turtles are disappearing in Ontario because of habitat loss due to shoreline development, collisions with boats, and fishing bycatch (being unintentionally caught by anglers and commercial fishing nets).
Looks like you are a Painted Turtle, Ontario's most common turtle. We actually have two subspecies of Painted Turtle in Ontario - the Midland Painted Turtle and the Western Painted Turtle.
These strikingly beautiful turtles are awesome because they are very adaptable and can live in many different habitats. The fact that they aren't limited to specific conditions, is a great trait to have because it allows them to be flexible when choosing a place to live.
Like Painted Turtles you are also able to thrive in many different environments because of your self-confidence, sense of adventure and willingness to adapt to new situations. You love to try new activities and foods, travel to new places and meet new people.
Although Painted Turtles are Ontario's most common turtle they are still in decline. The main threats they face in Ontario are collisions with vehicles on roads and invasive plant species altering their habitat.
You must be one chilled out person, because you got the Spiny Softshell Turtle. This turtle likes to stay in its river or lake habitat, and very rarely travels far on land. That would be too much effort.... Instead they like to spend their time eating, and relaxing near the surface of the water to to stay warm.
Like the Spiny Softshell you enjoy relaxing and tend to avoid activities that are strenuous and require a lot of effort. You would rather kick up and conserve your energy for when you might need it later.
You are also considered a very easy-going person and rarely do things seem to upset you. You know how to go with the flow, just like these large flat turtles who are excellent swimmers.
Spiny Softshell Turtles are almost gone from Ontario, and are seriously threatened by habitat degredation caused by riverbank stabilizaton and shoreline development.