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clemmys muhlenbergii

Clemmys muhlenbergii

Clemmys muhlenbergii NatureServe Explorer Species Reports — NatureServe Explorer is a source for authoritative conservation information on more than 50,000 plants, animals and ecological communtities of the U.S and Canada. NatureServe Explorer provides in-depth information on rare and endangered species, but includes common plants and animals too. NatureServe Explorer is a product of NatureServe in collaboration with the Natural Heritage Network.

ITIS Reports — Clemmys muhlenbergii ITIS (the Integrated Taxonomic Information System) is a source for authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world. The bog turtle is a critically endangered species of semiaquatic turtle in the family Emydidae. The species is endemic to the eastern United States. It was first scientifically described in 1801 after an 18th-century survey of Pennsylvania. The smallest North American turtle, its carapace measures about 10 centimeters long when fully grown. Although the bog turtle is similar in appearance to the painted or spotted turtles, its closest relative is actually the somewhat larger wood turtle. The bog turtle can be found from Vermont in the north, south to Georgia, and west to Ohio. Diurnal and secretive, it spends most of its time buried in mud and – during the winter months – in hibernation. The bog turtle is omnivorous, feeding mainly on small invertebrates. The bog turtle is the state reptile of New Jersey.

FWS Digital Media Library — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Digital Library is a searchable collection of selected images, historical artifacts, audio clips, publications, and video. The bog turtle was noted in the 18th century by Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg, a self-taught botanist and clergyman. Muhlenberg, who named more than 150 North American plant species, was conducting a survey of the flora of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, when he discovered the small turtle. In 1801, Johann David Schoepff named Muhlenberg’s discovery as Testudo muhlenbergii in Muhlenberg’s honor

Detailed information
Full Name: Bog Turtle (Clemmys muhlenbergii)
Where found: Wherever found, except GA, NC, SC, TN, VA
Critical Habitat:N/A
Species Group:Reptiles
Current listing status
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
Threatened 11/04/1997 Northeast Region (Region 5) Wherever found, except GA, NC, SC, TN, VA
Similarity of Appearance (Threatened) 11/04/1997 Northeast Region (Region 5) U.S.A. (GA, NC, SC, TN, VA)
  • Population location: Wherever found, except GA, NC, SC, TN, VA Listing status: Threatened
    • States/US Territories in which this population is known to or is believed to occur: Connecticut , Delaware , Maryland , Massachusetts , New Jersey , New York , Pennsylvania
    • US Counties in which this population is known to or is believed to occur: View All
    • USFWS Refuges in which this population is known to occur: Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Population location: U.S.A. (GA, NC, SC, TN, VA) Listing status: Similarity of Appearance (Threatened)
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