Wood Turtle


Wood Turtle (Clemmys insculpta)

 Wood turtles have a rough, brown carapace which reaches a length of about nine inches.  The plastron is yellow with dark blotches.  Soft parts around the neck and legs are usually orange.

 In the winter, wood turtles are found in streams and rivers where they mate under water, but they are mostly terrestrial during the summer.  Eggs are deposited in the spring and hatching occurs in about two to three months.  Wood turtles are omnivorous. 

 In West Virginia, wood turtles are only known to occur in the Eastern Panhandle.


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