The Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) is a medium-sized, semi-aquatic freshwater turtle that is a threatened species in Massachusetts. The New England population is disjunct from the main portion of their range. They require a variety of wetland habitats, make frequent seasonal overland movements, and therefore suffer mortality not only from direct wetland habitat loss, but from landscape fragmentation as well.
Biologists are partnering with researchers to establish a new population at the refuge. These turtles like to hide in vegetation and at least currently are not likely to be seen by visitors.
Learn more about Blanding's turtles.