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Bog Turtle history

The Bog Turtle is the rarest turtle in Connecticut. They also reside in western Massachusetts and throughout New York, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and near the Great Lakes. They are quite rare in all of their habitats and are considered a threatened animal. The reason for their decline is most likely the development, in the form of draining and filling many of the turtle's native bogs. The remaining wetlands are separate from each other, meaning the turtles are farther apart than they once were. Therefore, the turtles can only breed within their own population, which results in a much smaller set of genetic variables, reducing the turtle's ability to adapt to the changing environment. In 1973, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species gave the Bog Turtle protection.

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