A Blanding’s Turtle has a domed upper shell and a bright yellow chin and throat. They are considered an endangered species in Minnesota. Blanding’s Turtles lay their eggs in sandy soil and lay a clutch of 10-26 eggs.
Painted Turtles are the most common turtles that are often referred to as “mud turtles”. Their head and legs are black with yellow stripes and the shells over their belly range from red to orange in color.
Snapping Turtles have large heads and long saw-tooth tails. A snapping turtle will “snap” and deliver a painful bite if you get too close. However, this snapping turtle appeared friendly and sported a big smile on his face.