Turtles are considered one of the longest living creatures on this planet. In general, turtles are gentle and harmless reptiles. Turtles are known to be slow movers, but they can be quick at times if they sense danger. Wisconsin has 11 turtle species. The most common turtles are the painted turtle and the snapping turtle.
Common habitats for turtles are near ponds, streams, and rivers. Turtles primarily prey on fish, frogs, mice, small snakes, and other turtles. Even with their shell for protection, turtles are not free from danger. Cars are the main reason for their high mortality rate. The DNR has launched a “Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program” to remind drivers to slow down and watch for turtles. The loss of habitat and falling prey to coyotes, foxes, and skunks are also dangers to turtles.