Turtles Observation Network – Species

Wood Turtle

Latin Name: Glyptemys insculpta | French Name: Tortue des bois

Status:

  • Canada : threatened
  • Québec : vulnerable

Identification sheet

Physical description

  • Neck and orange legs
  • Scales of the carapace raised with grooves
  • Plastron yellowish with black spots along each scale

Wood Turtle

Northern Map Turtle

Latin Name: Graptemys geographica | French Name: Tortue géographique

Status:

  • Canada : special concern
  • Québec : special concern

Identification sheet

Physical description

  • Large yellowish beak
  • Yellow lines on the head, neck and legs
  • Greyish matt shield with a distinct ridge
  • Yellowish plastron
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Northern Map Turtle

Painted Turtle

Latin Name: Chrysemys picta | French Name: Tortue peinte

Status:

  • Canada : no
  • Québec : no

The painted turtle is the most common and least ferocious.

Identification sheet

Physical description

  • Small size
  • Red lines on legs and neck
  • Yellow lines on the head
  • Smooth and shiny shield
  • Marginal shield with red scales
  • Yellowish plastron

Behavior

  • Not particularly shy

Painted turtle

Common Snapping Turtle

Latin Name: Chelydra serpentina serpentina | French Name: Tortue serpentine

Status:

  • Canada : special concern
  • Québec : no

The largest freshwater turtle in Quebec.

Identification sheet

Physical description

  • Big size
  • Long tail with spines
  • Carapace often covered with algae
  • Very long neck
  • Long claws
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Common Snapping Turtle

Red-eared Slider Turtle

Latin Name: Thrachemys scripta elegans | French Name: Tortue à oreilles rouges

Status:

  • exotic species

Identification sheet

Physical description

  • Yellow lines on head and neck
  • Red spots on head
  • Patterned shield
  • Yellowish plastron with black pattern

Red-eared slider turtle