The Rare & Endangered Bog Turtle - Brevard, NC


June 5, 2017

At first blush, it didn't seem like prime wildlife habitat. It was a cow pasture, with cows, and it was ringed by a barbed wire fence, with nary a deer track in site.

But it was home to a very special animal – the bog turtle which is North America's smallest turtle, coming in at 3 to 4 inches in length. For a bog turtle, a wet, muddy cow pasture is a wonderful place to live – ample sunshine to warm a cold-blooded body, but also ample muck for a wetland-dependent animal to crawl through. The fact that bog turtles thrive in working pastures opens up a world of partnership potential betwe...

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