turtles in Ontario

May 2011

June 2010

Report Your Sightings!

By |2010-06-24T14:55:00-04:00June 24th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Remember to report your turtle sightings to the Ontario Turtle Tally or the Ontario Reptile & Amphibian Atlas. Photos are a great way to confirm the identification of the species for these citizen science projects. The snapper pictured here was spotted nesting by volunteer Kim Clark near Ottawa - the distinctive spikes of this dinosaur-like [...]

March 2010

Sierra Club fighting for turtle habitat

By |2010-03-12T20:58:00-04:00March 12th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Sierra Club Canada has launched acampaign to stop the Terry Fox Extension in Ottawa and save the Blanding'sTurtle.Please visit their website for more info or to sign the petition:http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/endangered-species/save-blandings-turtle?1085152489=1

August 2009

May 2009

An Updated Herpetofaunal Atlas for Ontario Beginning in 2009

By |2009-05-01T19:34:25-04:00May 1st, 2009|Uncategorized|

Thirty of Ontario’s forty-three species of reptiles are listed as Endangered, Threatened, or of Special Concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). Many of Ontario’s reptile species only occur in the southernmost parts of the province, which has become one of the most developed regions in Canada. As a [...]

Spotlight on the Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata)

By |2009-05-01T19:26:12-04:00May 1st, 2009|Uncategorized|

People who work in wildlife rehabilitation are supposed to avoid words like “cute” and “cuddly”. Wildlife in our care are just that – wild. We are not supposed to think of them as cute. That being said, the Spotted Turtle is one cute wild animal. This is the smallest turtle you'll find in Ontario, with [...]

Precious Little Turtles on the Brink

By |2009-05-01T19:21:56-04:00May 1st, 2009|Uncategorized|

One of my personal favourite species of reptile that lives here in our province is the spotted turtle, Clemmys guttata. It’s Canada’s smallest species of turtle, and they’re easily our most beautiful! With bright orange skin, yellow spots on a jet black shell, the cutest little faces, and spunk and personality to spare, they are [...]

Understanding the Ontario Endangered Species Act, 2007

By |2009-05-01T19:13:08-04:00May 1st, 2009|Uncategorized|

Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA) was passed into law in 2007, and came into force on June 30, 2008. Compared to previous legislation, this new law more than triples the number of species and habitats that are protected. Of the 30,000 species that are native to Ontario, more than 180 are at risk. The [...]

January 2009

Spotlight on the Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

By |2009-01-29T18:50:57-04:00January 29th, 2009|Uncategorized|

This young snapper just hatched, thanks to the sharp egg tooth still visible on the end of its snout. (courtesy of R. Dolson) The Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre would like to pay homage this month to the Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina). In 2008, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada [...]