New England's Turtles Are in Trouble

Box turtles, spotted turtles and wood turtles have suffered serious declines, with entire populations vanishing. And recent studies show that even common species are under increasing pressure.

Reasons for Declining Turtle Populations

Most threats to turtles stem from habitat fragmentation. When roads and new homes appear, a host of problems accompany them. The population of predators such as raccoons may explode, resulting in almost no nests surviving. Traffic on even lightly travelled roads causes significant road - mortality of adults, and even greater mortality of hatchlings. Even protected areas, if surrounded by development, can rarely support viable populations. You can find more detailed explanations about the threats turtles face in our Library.

The Turtle Conservation Project

is dedicated to the protection of New England's turtles and the habitats they depend upon through research, public education and advocacy. We also work to keep today's "common" turtles common, lest they become tomorrow's threatened species.

Project Updates
Michael Jones (UMASS Amherst) continues his work with Wood Turtles. Learn more.

Liz Willey (UMASS Amherst) continues her research on Eastern Box Turtles. Learn more.

Lori Johnson (Antioch) starts her research on Musk Turtles. Learn more.
Turtle of the Month
Eastern Box Turtle
This turtle gets its name from being able to close its shell completely for protection. Learn more about box turtles.
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