Spotted turtles are the most cold-tolerant Ontario turtle species and are the first to emerge to bask in the spring — sometimes sunning themselves next to mounds of melting snow. Spotted turtles are thought to take 20–30 years to mature. Nesting occurs in June, when females lay a small clutch of eggs. In rare cases, a female may lay two clutches of eggs in a single summer. Spotted turtles feed on a wide variety of invertebrates, vegetation and dead creatures.
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WPC is headquartered in Guelph, Ontario on the homelands of many nations, including the Anishinaabek, Neutral, Métis, Mississauga, and Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and on the treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We work across Turtle Island, and have deep gratitude to all the Indigenous Peoples who have been, and continue to be, stewards and protectors the lands on which we rely.