• Releasing Threatened Wood Turtles

    18 days ago - By Minnesota Zoo

    Minnesota is home to nine native species of turtle, from the more commonly found snapping and painted turtles, to the relatively elusive smooth softshell turtle found lurking in sandy river bottoms. The wood turtle is Minnesota's most terrestrial turtle and in summer it prefers forested riverine habitat and adjacent open fields. Wood turtle populations have been declining for decades and they are currently listed as threatened in Minnesota. They face a variety of threats including habitat loss and degradation, poaching, and climate change.
    A yearling wood turtle.
    Over the past several...
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