How much do you know about the turtles of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed? Match up the turtles below with their descriptions.
1. Bog Turtle
2. Common Snapping Turtle
3. Eastern Box Turtle
4. Eastern Mud Turtle
5. Eastern Painted Turtle
6. Northern Diamondback Terrapin
7. Red-bellied Turtle
8. Spotted Turtle
10. Wood Turtle
A) This large, aggressive turtle eats aquatic plants, carrion, invertebrates, fish, birds and small mammals.
B) The jaws of this long-necked turtle can reach back to its hind legs. It gets its name from the foul-smelling liquid it secretes when bothered.
C) This is the most widespread turtle in North America. It begins life carnivorous, but becomes an herbivore as it matures.
D) This shy turtle loves to bask in the sun, often alongside its smaller cousin, the painted turtle.
E) This turtle eats slugs, worms, wild fruits and berries and — poisonous mushrooms. There have been cases where humans have died after they ate the flesh of this turtle after it had eaten these mushrooms.
F) This turtle is able to climb over 6-foot, chain-link fences.
G) This endangered turtle beats the heat by burying itself in mud or vegetation. This is also the smallest turtle in North America.
H) Hunting greatly reduced this turtle’s numbers once humans discovered how tasty it was. Now its coastal marsh habit is threatened by development. It is a particular favorite at the University of Maryland.
I) Unlike its cousin, the bog turtle, this creature is fairly numerous. It is mostly likely to be seen in the cooler spring months.
J) The length of this turtle’s upper shell, or carapace, is only 3–4 inches. It frequently travels on land and is often seen, and killed, while crossing roads.
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