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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 Common
False Map Turtle Graptemys pseudogeographica Emydidae Common
Northern Map Turtle Graptemys geographica Emydidae Common
Ornate Box Turtle Terrapene ornata Emydidae Endangered
Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta Emydidae Common
Smooth Softshell Apalone mutica Trionychidae Special Concern
Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina Chelydridae Common
Southern Map Turtle Graptemys ouachitensis Emydidae Common
Spiny Softshell Apalone spinifera Trionychidae Common
Wood Turtle Glyptemys insculpta Emydidae Threatened
Last revised: Tuesday, December 22, 2020