Species at Risk
The Wood Turtle, (Glyptemys insculpta)
can be found primarily
in forestry and agriculture areas.
In some areas, the wood turtle is commonly called
"red legs" because the back of the legs vary in colour
from bright orange to red.
The underside of the neck and tail are also orange to red.
It lives mostly in the northeastern mainland
and the River Inhabitants in southeastern Cape Breton.
In mid to late June,
females usually dig a nest in a sandy gravel bank
on a bend in the river.
They deposit 8 to 10 leathery eggs.
In other parts of North America,
this turtle is also threatened or endangered
throughout much of its range.
(Photos courtesy of The Ranger,
taken June, 2011,
River Inhabitants, CB, NS)