There are no records of Blanding's turtles in Vermont.
Blanding's turtles have a highly domed carapace and grow to 7-9 inches long. The carapace is dark with light flecking. The plastron is yellow with black on the outer edges of the scutes. The posterior margin of the carapace is smooth. The plastron is hinged, which enables it to bend and partially close the shell.
Blanding's turtles live primarily in wetlands but they also travel overland between wetlands.
No populations of the Blanding's Turtle have been located in Vermont, but they exist to the south and northwest of us. Please report all sightings of this species in Vermont. Take photos if possible.
Species summary written by Kaile Burgess.