Blanding's turtle (Emydoidea blandingii), Mississippi National River & Recreation Area, 2015.
Blanding's turtles are rare in the recreation area as well as in the rest of Minnesota and this semi-aquatic turtle is considered endangered throughout most of its range. The most distinguishing feature of the turtle is the bright yellow chin and throat. Also notice the yellow speckles or flecks on its dark carapace (upper shell). The turtle's plastron (lower shell) is also yellow with dark, symmetrical blotches. Blanding's turtle is nicknamed 'semi-box turtle' because although its plastron is hinged, it doesn't close as tightly as the hinge of a true box turtle. NOTE: the genus of this species is under debate and both Emys and Emydoidea are used currently.
U.S. National Park Service
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