Wood Turtle Glyptemys insculpta (LeConte, 1830)In need of conservation  -  Vulnerable    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Reptilia   >   Order Testudines   >   Family Emydidae   >   Genus Glyptemys   

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Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) is a medium-sized, semiterrestrial turtle species found from the Piedmont to the mountains of western Maryland. Among Maryland turtle species, only the fully terrestrial Eastern Box Turtle spends more time on land.

Wood Turtles prefer streams and creeks with clear water and gravel or similar hard substrates. They tend to spend much of their time on land within forested areas or meadows adjacent to waterways. In spring, they are often found wandering far from water or basking in open woodland.

Unfortunately, the Wood Turtle is classified as vulnerable in Maryland and by NatureServe (G3). It is considered endangered by the IUCN Red List. Threats include habitat modification and fragmentation, vehicle mortality, and poaching. Some populations are declining, and their long individual longevity may mask these declines.

There are 104 records in the project database.

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A Wood Turtle found in Allegany Co., Maryland (5/26/2008). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Wood Turtles in Washington Co., Maryland (7/29/2015). Photo by Bob Cammarata. (MBP list)

A Wood Turtle in Frederick Co., Maryland (4/21/2015). Photo by Mark Johnson. (MBP list)

A Wood Turtle in Washington Co., Maryland (5/6/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Wood Turtle in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/4/2017). Photo by Sarah Milbourne. (MBP list)

A Wood Turtle in Allegany Co., Maryland (5/23/2019). Photo by Robert Ferraro. (MBP list)

Wood Turtle in Montgomery Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Michael Ellis, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by Michael Ellis via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Wood Turtle in Allegany Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) jared satchell, all rights reserved. Photo by Jared Satchell. (MBP list)

Wood Turtle in Washington Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) tomfeild, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Tom Feild. (MBP list)

Wood Turtle in Allegany Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Mike Mosser, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Mike Mosser via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Wood Turtle in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Josh Emm, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Wood Turtle in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Josh Emm, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)


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