Blanding's Turtle along Hazeldean Road. Photo by Ken McRae.

PHOTO: Blanding’s Turtle along Hazeldean Road

Ken McRae sent along these photos of a Blanding’s Turtle (a threatened species) that he spotted along Hazeldean Road a couple weeks back.

“I stopped traffic in both directions, scooped up the Blanding’s from off of the pavement, took a few photos of it on the shoulder of the road, and put it in the creek on the south side of the road heading towards the (Trans Canada Trail) lookout. It was coming from the north side.”

Blanding’s Turtles are easily identified by their army-shaped helmet shells and bright yellow chin and throat.

(McRae asked us to remind readers that while it’s okay to pick up and move a turtle off a road to save it from being run over, it’s illegal to take any threatened or endangered species home to be a pet or to sell.)

Blanding's Turtle along Hazeldean Road. Photo by Ken McRae.
Blanding’s Turtle along Hazeldean Road. Photo by Ken McRae.

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