Wood turtle

Wood turtles spend the cold winter months hibernating in fast-flowing streams, emerging to feed and thermoregulate on land during warmer months.

Fast Facts

  • Wood turtles worm stomp. This involves stomping their feet and shell on the ground, tricking worms into coming to the surface where they can be eaten.
  • Wood turtles are a very long-lived species with a slow reproductive strategy.
  • Wood turtles forage for food, both on land and in the water. They eat a variety of plant and animal matter.

Scientific name

Glyptemys insculpta
Range  Northeastern United States
Conservation status Endangered
Diet Omnivore
Zoo location Herpetarium

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