Species at risk by type

A list of species at risk for the selected Ontario region.


  • spiny-softshell

    Spiny Softshell (Apalone spinifera)

    Status: endangered

    The Spiny Softshell turtle captures crayfish and molluscs by partially burying itself underwater in the sand or mud and snatching unsuspecting prey. Its snorkel-like snout allows it to take a breath of air while submerged.

  • spotted-turtle

    Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata)

    Status: endangered

    Most female and male turtles look a little bit different. In the case of Spotted Turtles, females have bright orange eyes and chins whereas males' are dark brown or black.

  • wood-turtle

    Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)

    Status: endangered

    Wood turtles do not begin reproducing until they are at least 17 years old.

  • eastern-box-turtle

    Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina)

    Status: extirpated

  • snapping-turtle

    Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

    Status: special concern

    These turtles spend so much time underwater that algae grow on their shells. This helps them blend in with their surroundings.

  • northern-map-turtle

    Northern Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica)

    Status: special concern

    The Northern Map Turtle is extremely wary and will dive into the water at the slightest provocation.

  • eastern-musk-turtle

    Eastern Musk Turtle (Sternotherus odoratus)

    Status: special concern

    Unlike other turtles, the Eastern Musk Turtle rarely leaves the water except when females lay eggs. It spends most of the day resting on the soft lake bottom, foraging for food or basking in the sun under floating aquatic vegetation in shallow water.

  • blandings-turtle

    Blanding's Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)

    Status: threatened

    These turtles can survive in the wild for more than 75 years.

Updated: January 30, 2018