Blanding’s Turtle Fact Sheet

Blanding's Turtle

Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Emydidae
Genus: Emydoidea
Species: blandingii
Life span:

60-80 years

Egg Gestation:

Females lay 6-21 eggs that hatch 50-75 days later 

Number of young at birth: 6-21
Age of maturity: 14-20 years

Shell length averages 6-10 in


1.75-3 lbs

Size at birth: 1.2-1.4 in long 
Description: Features a bright yellow throat and jaw.  Its carapace (shell) is smooth and domed covering its body. The carapace is an oblong shape and is dark in color, but flecked with many yellow or light-colored spots and streaks.  The dark head and legs often have yellow speckles.




  • Found in North America. Inhabit fresh waters and can be found in shallow lakes, sluggish streams and especially wetlands where there is ample vegetation.  Prefers weedy bays and marshy ponds.
  • Blanding's turtles are omnivores eating crustaceans and invertebrates as well as fish, frogs, berries and other vegetation
  • Excellent swimmers and can stay submerged in water for hours
  • When frightened, Blanding's turtles will usually hiss and withdraw into their shells