Wood turtles are found in river and stream habitats and can often be found basking in the sun on riverbanks or logs. The tops of their shells are usually brown, sometimes with yellow streaks. In contrast, the underside of their shells are a range of bright yellows, oranges, and reds.
The wood turtle is especially vulnerable to habitat alterations and is designated as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Industrial or residential development in the riparian zone can impact this species. Rain gardens are important tools that slow down stormwater runoff and naturally filter water to reduce pollutants that come from households, such as fertilizer or oil leaking from cars, preventing these substances from reaching stream habitats.
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