Blanding's Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)- We came across this turtle on one of our walks today. They're not very flashy and may not seem very important in most people's lives, but the truth is-
NH Conservation Status: State Endangered, Wildlife Action Plan Species in Greatest Need of Conservation. Legally protected in New Hampshire: possession, sale, import, and take (harm, harass, injuring, killing) is illegal.
State Rank Status: Critically imperiled (S1)
Distribution: Restricted to Southeastern NH
If you come across ANY turtle on a roadway PLEASE help them across in the direction they are moving! We came upon this one in the woods where it belongs, but their worst threat is road mortality! For more info on the Blanding's Turtle visit:
Blanding's Turtle Emydoidea blandingiiSpringTucker and French Family ForestTurtledaily photo