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Wildlife Centres: Turtle
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The above wildlife centres are authorized by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

Ontario is home to eight different species of turtles, with the highest number of turtle species in Canada.  Seven of these species are currently at risk due to habitat loss, hunting, and poaching. Turtles can be found in a variety of habitats such as lakes, ponds, rivers, marshes, and bogs. Some species are very particular about where they live. Map turtles, prefer larger rivers or lakes and may be spotted along the Trent-Severn Waterway. Painted turtles, can be found in a wider variety of habitats. During nesting season, which runs from late May to early July, you’ll also spot them crossing roads and in sandy or gravel areas. For more information on turtles in Ontario contact: www.ontarioturtle.ca


Blanding’s Turtle

Eastern Musk Turtle

Northern Map Turtle

Painted Turtle

Snapping Turtle

Spiny Softshell Turtle (endangered)

Spotted Turtle (endangered)

Wood Turtle (endangered)
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