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Wood Turtle

Glyptemys insculpta
  • 14-20cm; record 23.4cm
  • Brown or greyish-brown, heavily sculptured carapace, often with a central keel or ridge and raised concentric growth rings on each scute
  • Rear margin of carapace serrated
  • Plastron is yellow with black squares
  • Head black; skin brown; adults with orange or yellow on neck and legs
  • Found on land (the most terrestrial turtle in Ontario) and in or near streams and wet meadows
  • Lays 4-12 oval, white, thin-shelled eggs