Snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina):
This is the largest freshwater turtle in Canada and is the most-likely to be seen in the Belleisle region. They can be found in almost any freshwater habitat but seem to prefer slow-moving waters with sand or mud bottom like the Belleisle Marsh. They pack a powerful bite so watch out! For more information, check out Ontario Nature's webpage.
Wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta):
This turtle is medium-sized turtle that lives close to waterbodies. These turtles are generally spotted in early Spring next to streams and rivers before the vegetation fills in. They can be idenifyed by their yellow and black belly (plastron) and orange forelegs and neck. For more information, see the Species at Risk Public Registry or the New Brunswick Museum.
If you see a turtle, please do not pick them up or move them to another location, even if they seem to be in a odd spot. The only time you should move a turtle is if it is on the road, in which case, you should move it across the road in the direction it was heading.
Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta):
These turtles are found across Canada and live next to watercourses, ponds, lakes, and marshes where they is a soft bottom and lots of vegetation. They can be distinguished from wood turtles by their yellow stripes along thier head and neck. See Nature Conservancy Canada for more information.
The BWC would like to gather information about turtles in the Belleisle region. If you happen to see a turtle, or even better a turtle making a nest, please fill out the form to let us know!
Check back to this page or the BWC's Facebook page for updates!