Central and Eastern parts of Canada and the United States
Built to last. Living to the venerable age of 77 or more in the wild, Blanding's turtle is armored from life's blows by a sturdy carapace. When the weather is warm, it lies on a log to soak up the sun; when the mercury drops, it can endure up to three months submerged under ice. But future generations have the odds stacked against them since nearly 80% of nests are depreciated, mainly by raccoons. Habitat is being lost and degraded as human settlements - and with them, more ravening raccoons - draw nearer.
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