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Wood Turtles Becoming Active & Mating

5-7-15 wood turtle  088After spending the winter hibernating in small streams and rivers, Wood Turtles awaken, become more active, mate (usually in shallow water), and eventually leave the water to begin foraging for food. Summer is spent mostly on land, traveling along streams — rarely do Wood Turtles stray farther than 1,000 feet from the water. In a few weeks, females will deposit between four and twelve eggs in a nest they dig in sandy soil.

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3 responses

  1. Aren’t these turtles getting to be exceedingly rare? I’ve seen only two (one road killed) in 15 years!

    May 7, 2015 at 9:44 am

    • Wood turtles are listed as species of “special concern” (not threatened or endangered) in MA, CT, VT, RI and NH. They are classified as “threatened” in NJ and VA and are not federally protective, and factors contributing to their decline include: “Use of agricultural machinery in habitat; loss of habitat to development of wooded stream banks; road mortality; collection for pet trade; inflated populations of predators in suburban areas; and pollution of streams. “

      May 7, 2015 at 10:05 am

  2. We have a resident one that I see generally once a year, probably when it is on the move as you describe. I posted last year on my very lucky encounter, camera in hand.

    May 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm

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