Top care for the bog turtle.
With conspicuous orange blotches on each temple, the diminutive bog turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) is one of the most distinctive turtles native to North America. Sometimes referred to as Muhlenberg’s turtle, it is also one of the rarest and possibly most endangered. Although its range includes at least 10 states along the Atlantic seaboard of the United States, actual habitat areas are generally fairly small and distribution is spotty. Fortunately there are a handful of captive-breeding groups, and their captive-bred progeny have proven adaptable and hardy. Individual lifespan in the wild is not known for certain, but due to natural and human-influenced threats, it is thought to be less than the 30-odd years documented in captivity.
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