Bog Turtles



Land consisting of marshes, bogs or swamps; moist land.

How people can protect wetlands:

Select land rather than wetlands for building and constructing.

Dont litter or dump wastes in or around wetlands.

Get involved and find out where wetlands exist near your home.

Try to learn more about wetlands and how you can help them.

Encourage neighbors and community to protect the wetlands.

Educate the community and friends and family on how to protect the wetlands.

Information on Bog Turtles:

Since 1997, bog turtles were on the endangered speices list. There are only 37 of them in all in Pennslyvannia and New Jersey, ude to delvelopments pushing deeper into the wetlands. In the fall and winter, the turtles hibernate in mud and among tree roots. In the summer, the heat drives them out of sight. When spring comes around and the temperature gets into the 70's the bog turtles start to mate. Bog turtles reach sexual maturity between 9 and 15 years of age. Bog turtles are the smallest of the turtles in Connecticut. They are from 3 to 3.5 inches and weighing about 3 to 4 ounces. They have an orange or yellow head patch which is sometimes divided into 2 parts.
Big image