DuPage County is home to a variety of native turtle species, including musk, snapping, eastern spiny softshell
, common map, painted and the state-endangered Blanding's.
The Spiny Softshell
occurs in large rivers, streams, and reservoirs in Nebraska, except in northwestern parts of the state (Ballinger et al., 2010; Fogell, 2010), as well as in ponds and marshes (Fogell, 2010).
We chose the ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata), spiny softshell
turtle (Apalone spinifera), eastern river cooter (Pseudemys concinna), slender glass lizard (Ophisaurus attenuatus), prairie king snake (Lampropeltis calligaster), speckled king snake (L.
A little later in the spring, other species begin to emerge, including the bizarrely shaped spiny softshell
turtle, which grows to about the size of a car's hub cap.
We collected and observed four species of turtles: spiny softshell
(Apalone spinifera), northern map turtle (Graptemys geographica), pond slider (Trachemys scripta), and snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina).
I was particularly impressed by Forsberg's 250 original photos of snapping, eastern spiny softshell
, eastern mud, common musk, spotted, wood, bog, painted, box, Blanding's, red-bellied cooter, northern map, northern diamondback terrapin and green sea turtles.
Species documented in the study area by museum collections include snapping (Chelydra serpentina), painted (Chrysemys picta), slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), common musk (Sternotherus odoratus), and spiny softshell
(Apalone spinifera) turtles (Phillips et al.
While hiking, canoeing, kayaking, or eating a picnic lunch, watch for Gulf Coast spiny softshell
turtles, loggerhead shrikes, pileated woodpeckers, Seminole bats, and spotted salamanders.
Family Trionychidae.--The eastern spiny softshell
turtle (Apalone spinifera, ISUVC #4108) was the only trionychid we found.
The remaining 5% consisted of Deirochelys r eticularia (Chicken turtles), Apalone spinifera (Spiny softshell
turtles), Chelydra serpentina (Common snapping turtles), and Macroclemmys temminickii (Alligator snapping turtles).
Other species are considered at risk in Canada but are found more commonly in the U.S., such as the sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus urophasianus), northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus), burrowing owl (Speotyto cunicularia), eastern Massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus), and spiny softshell
turtle (Apalone spinifera).