Turtles of Wisconsin
Threats to Wisconsin Turtles
Another threat to turtles is the increasing number of medium-sized predators that eat turtle eggs, hatchlings, juveniles and adults. These predators include free-roaming cats and dogs, raccoons, skunks, and coyotes. In some areas turtle nest predation rates range from 90-100 percent. That doesn't leave very many young turtle survivors.
Five of Wisconsin's 11 turtle species are listed as endangered, threatened or of special concern. The recovery of many turtle populations is often slow. Turtles are slow to mature so it takes a long time for turtles to rebuild their populations--longer than most other animals. Blanding's turtles, which are listed as a species of "special concern" in Wisconsin, must live 17-20 years before they can breed. So, you can see how once turtle populations drop, it can be tough going to get them built up again.
There are some things that you can do to help protect Wisconsin's turtles. Click here to read "Ways you can help protect Wisconsin's turtles and lizards".
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