Zoology Collection - Blanding’s Turtle Shell

The Turtle That Made a Park

If you’re looking for a live Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii), the only place in the Atlantic Provinces to find one is Kejimkujik National Park in southwestern Nova Scotia. In fact, one of the reasons the park was created in the first place was to protect this gentle creature and to preserve its habitat. The Blanding’s Turtle has been assigned endangered status by both the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) and the Species at Risk Act (SARA). What you can’t see on this shell-only specimen are the vivid yellow throat markings that make it easy to identify Blanding’s Turtles in the wild.

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1961-06-19 D
Grafton Lake, Kejimkujik National Park, Queens Co., NS
Keratin, Bone
19.5 cm L x 13.7 cm W x 7.8 cm H