August 28, 2013
One of the guests was this Blanding's Turtle which had been confiscated by the Canada Wildlife Service. It can't be released into the wild and is kept for education purposes at the visitor centre in the Park.
Blanding's have a very distinctive yellow throat, however, in captivity the throat colour fades.
It has a smooth, domed shell that has been said to resemble a military helmet. This medium-sized turtle inhabits a network of lakes, streams, and wetlands, preferring shallow wetland areas with abundant vegetation. It can also spend significant portions of time in upland areas moving between wetlands. In a single season this highly mobile turtle has been known to travel up to seven km in search of food or a mate.
For more information go tohttp://www.rom.on.ca/ontario/risk.php?doc_type=fact&id=317 Emydoidea blandingii