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In Canada, the Blanding's turtle is found in southwestern Quebec, southern Ontario and southern Nova Scotia.

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The temperature in the nest of a Blanding’s turtle determines the gender of the hatchlings: eggs incubated at a low temperature produce males, while a higher temperature produces females.

Scientific name: Emydoidea blandingii
Average weight: 1.3 kg
Average length: 18 cm–25 cm (male slightly larger than female) (shell)
Average lifespan: 70 years+
A Blanding's turtle moves along the sandy ground.

Canadian Geographic articles

Shell game

By Harry Thurston
May/June 1996

Although the Blanding’s turtle, a northern reptile, can be found elsewhere in Canada and in the United States, the population of 130 or so in Nova Scotia’s Kejimkujik National Park is important because of its genetic variation, a possible advantage in the evolution game.

The park’s group of Blanding’s turtles is a relict of a warmer climatic period of thousands of years ago. Their migration to the province makes them the most isolated of their species, and makes them susceptible to extinction.

Other very interesting topics about the Nova Scotia Blanding’s turtles group include their habitat preference, the importance of reproduction and survival of the young, nesting and its protection program, and the discovery of a group of “juvenile” turtles.

Unfortunately, another topic is the problem now looming large on the horizon and beyond local control — global climate change. The Blanding’s turtle has a low heat tolerance, so global warming could be terminal for them.

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