State Reptile
Blanding's Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)

The Department of Natural Resources list Blanding’s Turtle as a Threatened species in Minnesota. They have been reported from over half the counties in Minnesota. The larger populations are in central and southeast Minnesota.

Minnesota has the largest population of these turtles. Minnesota has protected populations at four major areas (Camp Ripley, Sherburne NWR, Carlos Avery WMA, Weaver Dunes SNA/McCarthy Lake WMA).

The oldest Blanding’s Turtle, at 75+ years, is from Pine County. The largest Blanding’s at over eleven inches is from Camp Ripley. The only reported albino for the species is from Washington County. The highest known density of Blanding’s is found in Wabasha County.

Blanding’s Turtles have been widely studied in Minnesota, including a recent $100,000.00 study at Camp Ripley.

Blanding’s Turtles are a symbol of healthy large ecosystems. They need large areas of land without fragmentation due to roads, housing or agriculture.

Additional information on the Blanding’s Turtle can be found in Amphibians and Reptiles Native to Minnesota by Barney Oldfield and John Moriarty (1994, Univ. of Minnesota Press).

Designating Blanding’s Turtles as state reptile will increase public awareness of turtles and other reptiles. This will also show Minnesota’s commitment to the protection of its environment.

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