Cottage Information



Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)




Medium-sized, long-lived (80+ years), freshwater turtles,


which are slightly smaller than a bike helmet when full


grown. They have a high-domed, dark gray shell with


yellow flecks, and a long, bright yellow throat.


Habitat: Shallow water marshes, bogs, ponds or swamps,


and coves of larger lakes, with soft muddy bottoms and


aquatic vegetation; bask on logs, stumps, or banks; most


commonly hibernate in bogs and are not readily




Females nest on cobble beaches, roadsides, old woods


roads, gravel pits and even in gardens! Females do not lay eggs until around 20 years old, which


magnifies the impacts to the species when adults are lost due to human activity.

Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)




The largest freshwater turtle in Canada.


Ontario’s most prehistoric-looking turtle species. Its long tail


has a series of triangular spikes along the top that are


reminiscent of those of a stegosaurus. The upper shell is tan


or olive to black in colour, has a coarsely serrated front edge


and three longitudinal ridges, and is often covered with algae.


The upper shell length in adulthood averages 25–47 cm (10–


19 in).


Habitat: Any freshwater environment, though it is most often


found in slow-moving water with a soft mud or sand bottom and abundant vegetation. May


inhabit surprisingly small wetlands, ponds and ditches. It hibernates in the mud or silt on the


bottom of lakes and rivers, usually not too far from the shore. Females do not begin to breed until


they are 17 to 19 years old. Lifespan in the wild is poorly known, but long-term mark-recapture


data from Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada suggest a maximum age over 100 years.


How can you help:


- keep your eyes open for them on a road


- don't disturb or harass the turtles or nesting sites. Be respectful and observe from a distance.


- do not drain wetlands

- follow steps as outlined in General Wildlife Stewardship