Frequently Asked Questions

How to recognize the Rivière des Mille Îles turtle species?

Eight freshwater species live in Quebec along with the leatherback turtle which is present along the Atlantic coast. To learn more about turtles in Quebec, please visit the Quebec Amphibians and Reptiles Atlas (French only) at: Atlas des Amphibiens et des reptiles du Québec www.atlasamphibiensreptiles.qc.ca.

The following species can be observed in the Rivière des Mille Îles:

  • Common Snapping Turtle
  • Northern Map Turtle
  • Painted Turtle

Pet store turtles come from breeding farms in the southern US or from tropical countries; they should never be released in the wilderness. They are not from this area; they have difficulty surviving in a natural environment and they are a menace to wild turtles of Quebec.

The most common pet store turtle is the Red-Eared Slider, an exotic species. If you believe you have seen such a turtle into the wild, please make sure to let us know.

To help with identification, please see our brochure:

Frequently Asked Questions

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Éco-Nature | Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles
345, boulevard Sainte-Rose
Laval (Québec) H7L 5P2

Telephone: 450-622-1020 ext. 231
Fax: 456-622-8050

Email: aboutin@parc-mille-iles.qc.ca
Web Site: www.parc-mille-iles.qc.ca

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