New York Natural Heritage Program
Bog Turtle
Glyptemys muhlenbergii (Schoepff, 1801)
Bog turtle Jesse W. Jaycox
Family: Box Turtles and Pond Turtles (Emydidae)

State Protection: Endangered
A native species in imminent danger of extirpation or extinction in New York (includes any species listed as federally Endangered by the United States). It is illegal to take, import, transport, possess, or sell an animal listed as Endangered, or its parts, without a permit from NYSDEC. 1) Any native species in imminent danger of extirpation or extinction in New York. 2) Any species listed as endangered by the United States Department of the Interior.

Federal Protection: Threatened
Listed as Threatened in the United States by the US Department of Interior.

State Rarity Rank: S2
A State Rarity Rank of S2 means: Typically 6 to 20 occurrences, few remaining individuals, acres, or miles of stream, or factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable in New York State.

Global Rarity Rank: G3
A Global Rarity Rank of G3 means: Either rare and local throughout its range (21 to 100 occurrences), or found locally (even abundantly at some of its locations) in a restricted range (e.g. a physiographic region), or vulnerable to extinction throughout its range because of other factors.

Did you know?
The bog turtle is one of the smallest turtles in North America. Bog turtles in the northern part of the range are generally less than 100 millimeters (4 inches) in length, while turtles father south reach sizes of up to 115 millimeters (4.5 inches) (USFWS 2001).

State Ranking Justification [-]
While more than 20 extant populations are currently known in New York, significant threats to these populations exist. Many of the populations are comprised of few individuals and the habitats that support them are often small in size. While additional bog turtle sites will probably be discovered, some of these may be determined to be part of existing metapopulations and most new sites are expected to have at least some threats.

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