Did you know? Not only is the bog turtle one of Maryland’s tiniest turtles, it’s also one of the smallest turtles in the world! An adult bog turtle only averages about 4 inches in length!
The bog turtle is a threatened species that requires specific environmental conditions to ensure their survival. This species can only be found in a select number of U.S. states: Connecticut, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Maryland.
Bog turtles can usually be identified by their unique appearance. Their shells are usually mahogany or black in color and typically have a dark brown head, neck, and limbs. Their most distinctive characteristic is a large reddish-orange to yellow blotch that is typically visible behind the head, sometimes merging into a continuous band on the neck.
Due to the bog turtle being a threatened species, state, federal, and local officials in various states are working together to identify and protect bog turtles and their habitats.
For more information about bog turtles and the conservation efforts being taken in Maryland to protect them, click here!