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Spotted Turtles

We’re working to conserve the last remaining populations of the locally rare spotted turtle in Boston. These small turtles are hanging on in two urban watersheds: at Stony Brook and Fowl Meadow Reservations.

The vernal pools and marshes of the Stony Brook Reservation are home to around 20 adult spotted turtles. ZNE biologists are currently radiotracking turtles to document population demographics and understand their habitat needs. By tracking female turtles, we can also find and protect their nests—and ultimately boost this turtle’s population—by raising hatchlings in captivity until they can be released back to the wild as larger juveniles that are able to fend for themselves.

Additionally, in 2019 we'll be seeking out the spotted turtles that still grace the wetlands of Fowl Meadow in Boston and neighboring Milton, Canton and Dedham. These wetlands may also still support a handful of Threatened Blanding’s turtles.

About the spotted turtle

Spotted turtles are small, aquatic turtles with yellow spots on their shell and head. Each turtle has a unique pattern of spots, much like a zebra's stripes, that can be used to identify individuals. If you ever spot a spotted turtle (no pun intended!) at Stony Brook, Fowl Meadow, or anywhere in the Greater Boston area, please snap a photo of it and send it to to log your observation with our scientists! 

Quarters for Conservation

We not only support conservation within our Zoo – we're passionate about using our resources to benefit wildlife across the globe. A portion of every admission ticket and membership sold is used to support wildlife conservation across the globe. Your visit today supports GWC's Spotted Turtles Project! Learn more.