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turtles of Wisconsin

Wisconsin has 11 turtle species. Ten are aquatic or semi-aquatic and one is strictly terrestrial (land dwelling). Most turtles breed in the spring after they emerge from hibernation or during August. All turtles lay their eggs in nests in uplands, making the protection of both upland and aquatic habitats essential to their survival.

Common Name Scientific Name Family Status
Blanding's Turtle Emydoidea blandingii Emydidae Special Concern
Eastern Musk Turtle Sternotherus odoratus Kinosternidae Locally common
False Map Turtle Graptemys pseudogeographica Emydidae Special Concern
Northern Map Turtle Graptemys geographica Emydidae Locally common
Ornate Box Turtle Terrapene ornata Emydidae Endangered
Ouachita Map Turtle Graptemys ouachitensis Emydidae Locally common
Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta Emydidae Common
Smooth Softshell Turtle Apalone mutica Trionychidae Special Concern
Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina Chelydridae Common
Spiny Softshell Turtle Apalone spinifera Trionychidae Common
Wood Turtle Glyptemys insculpta Emydidae Threatened
Last revised: Tuesday, November 03, 2015