Snapping turtles are a little intimidating, and hard to get to know, but this is just because they have less shell than other turtles which makes them more vulnerable. They have fast reflexes and are quick to grab hold of anything that makes them feel threatened. The serrated back edge of their shell and their spiky tail give the snapper a fierce look. They are not very social, and spend most of their time alone. They can be spotted just about anywhere there is water, including lakes, streams, ponds, and wetlands.
Everyone loves a painted turtle! These brightly colored sun worshipers are frequently seen in groups resting on logs or rocks in ponds, lakes, and streams. They are quick to retreat under water or inside their shell if they sense danger, but are otherwise easygoing turtles. Their name was given to them due to their beautiful colors. These are the most common turtles in our area, and you'll frequently see them on our conservation areas.
You are a rare one indeed! The state-endangered Blanding's turtle is found in wetlands. Its bright yellow neck compliments its sunny demeanor. While the turtle isn't always seen in the company of others, it doesn't mind sharing a rock or a log with another turtle. Blanding's are pretty clueless, even by turtle standards, which can make them easy prey. However, Blanding's are the most easygoing of our local turtle species!
"That lives here?" is a common utterance from someone seeing one of these turtles for the first time. Spiney softshelled turtles can be found in streams and rivers in our area. You might see one of their heads with those distinctly long noses poking out of the water while kayaking. You may also see them sunning like giant green pancakes on muddy shorelines. They're usually extremely shy, fleeing quickly from danger, but they will bite if there is no escape. Their soft leathery shell often features a polka dot pattern.