The Ornate Box Turtle was listed as an endangered species in October, 1972. Since its listing, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and The Nature Conservancy began to acquire lands that were suitable for this species, or that had the potential to be restored.
The Wood Turtle was listed as a threatened species in 1975. Wood Turtles are semi-terrestrial animals (live on land and in water) that are primarily associated with moderate to fast flowing rivers and streams that have either a sand, gravel or cobble substrate. Their range encompasses all the northern counties in Wisconsin and the southern edge of their range roughly follows a wavering line from Green Bay to Prairie du Chien.
Blanding’s Turtles are semi-terrestrial and are associated with a number of water bodies, including marshes, swamps, wet meadows, backwater channels of rivers, impoundments and shallow bays of lakes. They strongly favor habitats with abundant emergent and submergent vegetation, although they can be found where these habitat features are less abundant.