From massive snapping turtles to tiny pond turtles, Michigan’s shelled reptiles are surprisingly diverse. Here, we’ll highlight five of Michigan’s most incredible Testudines and what makes them unique.
The Blanding’s turtle is another impressive reptile that can survive and even thrive in cold, wet weather! Its geographic range covers virtually all of Michigan and extends north into parts of New England and southern Canada.
The northern map turtle, also known as the common map turtle, is certainly one of Michigan’s most colorful turtle species. It gets its common name from the handsome green, orange, yellow, and brown markings on its carapace, which look a lot like contour lines on a map!