Reports and Photos Needed of Common Vermont Turtles

Despite twenty years of gathering data on Vermont's reptiles and amphibians, the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas still shows distribution gaps for our two most common turtle species: Snapping Turtle and Painted Turtle. We need new or updated photos of Snapping Turtles from 69 Vermont towns and photos of Painted Turtles from 74 towns. These species may be genuinely rare or even missing from some of our higher mountain towns, but in many cases the lack of reports is more likely the result of these species being so common that people don't think a report would be useful. You can view a list of towns from which we need photos for these two species at At this time of year, many female turtles are traveling into the uplands in search of egg-laying sites. It is a good time to be on the look out for them. Of course, we can use reports of many other common and rare reptiles and amphibians as well. To search the complete list by town or species, visit
--Jim Andrews

Note: Every quarter we share all of the reptile and amphibian reports on iNaturalist Vermont with the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. We encourage you to get out there and help document all the amphibians and reptiles you can with photographs or sound recordings and share them here at iNaturalist Vermont.

Publicado el 05 de junio de 2014 a las 10:04 PM por kpmcfarland kpmcfarland


The Atlas has a cool searchable database of species that need documentation that you can filter by species and town.

Anotado por rpayne hace casi 10 años

I JUST posted a pic of one onto the project. Was spotted on the 4th, in Bristol.

Anotado por rebelgirl73 hace casi 10 años

Both Painted and Snappers are found in Symes Pond, Ryegate - difficult so far to get clear photos but I did see the snapper take down a large grey bird, possibly a heron? Do you want the posting without photos???

Anotado por libbyhillhouse hace casi 10 años

post without photos are fine. But the gold standard is with photos for sure.

Anotado por kpmcfarland hace casi 10 años

snapper taking out a heron? I don't doubt it could do so but it must be rare... that's something to see!

Anotado por charlie hace casi 10 años

do the sightings have to be this year?

Anotado por andreerenosanborn hace casi 10 años

No, they don't.

Anotado por rpayne hace casi 10 años

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