Scientific Name Glyptemys insculpta
Native To Atlantic coast of the United States up to Nova Scotia
Habitat Forested and agricultural land with slow moving streams.
Diet Omnivorous. They are not picky eaters and will readily consume slugs, worms, tadpoles, insects, algae, wild fruits, leaves, grass, moss, and carrion.
Size and Age Average length: 15cm-23cm. Average Lifespan: 45-50 years
The shell of a Wood Turtle often looks like a carved piece of wood, thus giving them their name. They are often found in forested and agricultural land, near slow moving water sources such as creeks or streams. During the winter months these turtles brumate underwater. Dissolved oxygen is extracted from the water, allowing them to remain submerges until spring comes around. Once the warmer weather settles in the Wood Turtle becomes more active, eventually leaving the water and beginning to forage for food.