FOCAL SPECIES: Blanding's Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii); Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta); Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata); Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina)
As a rule, the Northern Appalachian region does not support noteworthy freshwater turtle diversity. In much of the region, only three species are well-represented: wood, painted, and snapping turtles. Because the area is largely rural and forested, localized areas along streams and wetland systems support regionally significant populations of wood turtles, as well as large populations of snapping turtles and painted turtles. We are actively engaged in cooperative and creative conservation projects with landowners and other stakeholders throughout southern New England.