Scientific NameGlyptemys insculpta
Native To Atlantic coast of the United States and Canada (from Nova Scotia to Virginia)
Habitat Forested and agricultural land with slow moving streams
Diet Omnivore: slugs, worms, tadpoles, insects, algae, wild fruits, leaves, grass, moss, and carrion (the decaying flesh of dead animals)
Size and Age Average length of 15-23 cm (6-9 in); average lifespan of 45-50 years
The shell of a wood turtle often looks like a carved piece of wood, giving them their name. They are often found in forests and agricultural land, near slow moving water sources, such as creeks or streams. Wood turtles brumate (a state of dormancy similar to hibernation) underwater during winter. Dissolved oxygen is extracted from water, allowing them to remain submerged until spring. Once warmer weather returns, the wood turtle becomes active again, leaving the water to forage for food.