Bog Turtle By: Devin
Biome, Ecosystem, And Habitat • The Bog Turtle’s Biome, Ecosystem, or Habitat is Eastern U.S. • They live in bogs, marshlands, and swamps.
Description • Color- The color of the bog turtle is dark brown or black shell, dark brown head, neck, and limbs, large red or orange band, and yellow or orange blotch • Weight- The weight of the bog turtle is 4 ounces • Size- Bog Turtles are among the world’s smallest turtle species. Adult carapaces measure 3 to 4.5 inches.
Food • Some of the plants that the bog turtles eat are seeds, berries, and green vegetation. • Some animals or insects that the bog turtle’s eat are slugs, snails, crayfish, and worms.
Young (offspring) • Bog turtle’s mate in spring and nest in summer, with females typically laying a clutch of one to six eggs a year. • Hatchlings grow quickly but may not reach sexual maturity until they are 10 years old. • Beyond nesting, there is no parental care.
Predators • Bog Turtles have many natural predators, but the biggest threat to their survival is the fragile nature of their vanishing ecosystem. • Populations have also been negatively affected by the pet trade, although the species is now legally protected.
Remaining Population • The estimated population of the bog turtle is 2,500 to 10,000.
Reasons It Is Endangered • In addition to bog turtles needing a very specific habitat, much of the remaining habitat is in the Northeast.
Conservation Measures • Plants such as loosestrife and reed can quickly invade the bog turtles habitat resulting in the loss of basking and nesting areas. • Contamination by pesticides, agricultural run-off, and industrial waste also affect the bog turtle’s habitat in a negative way.
Interesting Facts • Live in Georgia’s rarest ecosystems • Hibernate in winter, often using the same mud burrows year after year • They defend their territory
Works Cited • ZOO ATLANTA. BOG TURTLE. INTERNET. www.zooatlanta.org 10-14-12 • DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION.BOG TURTLE FACT SHEET. INTERNET. www. dec.ny. gov/animals 17164.html 10-14-12 • “BOG TURTLE”. INTERNET. www. Rosamondgiffordzoo.org 10-14-12 • Karma Williams. “Bog Turtles-Could These Small Turtles Be Hiding in a Wetland Near You”. Ezinearticles.com 10-23-12 • Eco Watch. Internet. Ecowatch.org 10-24-12