My dark shell is curved and dotted with yellow spots. In the water, with my blunt snout and eyes on the top of my head, I can easily be mistaken for a Green Frog or Bullfrog. The bright yellow of my throat and my chin are my distinguishing features. My cervical vertebrae are longer than those of my peers and I have a muscle that helps me extend my neck.
My life runs like clockwork, or rather a thermometer! Like all turtles, I am ectothermic: my body temperature varies according to the outside temperature. I’m active at 10°C. My stomach starts to rumble around 14°C, and I still need a minimum of heat to digest. But I do not like hot weather. Above 30°C, I long for air conditioning! In those instances it’s time to bury myself in the mud; when that happens, they say I’m in estivation. In contrast, when the mercury drops below 9°C,
I s l.o w...d o.w n... ... and then I go into hibernation.
To seduce me, the male performs a spectacle of synchronized swimming involving pursuit, biting, rubbing necks, jets of water on my face and head sways. Ah, love!
I’m the only freshwater turtle of the genus Emydoidea. My species is named after a certain Mr. Blanding, the naturalist who observed me for the first time. They say I am a long-lived species, which is to say that I can live as long as you.
Shell Length 12,5 - 27,4 cm
Weight 500 - 2 100 g
50 to 90 years
Wetlands, marshes, swamps, bogs, ponds
Crayfish, snails, fish, frogs, berries
1 clutch per year; 3 to 17 eggs