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North American Wood Turtle

North American Wood Turtle

Other name: Wood Turtle

Scientific name: Glyptemys insculpta (formerly Clemmys insculpta)

Range/Habitat: The North American Wood Turtle actually inhabits most any habitat that is near a moving water source. They are found around the southern areas of the Great Lakes region and throughout most of the northeastern U.S., and reaching into some parts of neighboring Canada. Once a common species, they are now in serious trouble, currently as a result of the pet trade. Due to their popularity as a pet they are no longer found in some of their once native regions. They are now a listed species in most of their natural areas. This means that their collection, possession, and breeding are highly regulated by the local natural resources authority. In addition, they are a CITES listed species protecting their trade outside of their native countries. In most cases collection from the wild is illegal. Below is a partial list of regulations involving pet wood turtles. It is highly recommended that you research your local laws regarding the North American Wood Turtle prior to obtaining one as a pet.

New Hampshire: Possession, sale, and collection are illegal.

New Jersey: Possession and collection are illegal.

Maryland: Permit required to posses more than one turtle. Collection from the wild is illegal.

Nova Scotia: Wild collection is prohibited.

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