Designated turtle nesting area

The designated turtle nesting area is designed to encourage safe turtle nesting in Silvercreek Park. Please do not enter the area.

Turtles are a sensitive species

Some turtle species live to be 60 to 100 years of age. Many species do not start reproducing until they are 15 years of age or older. As a result, they are susceptible to population decline. Adult losses from non-natural deaths can have a significant impact on their populations. Common human-related threats include habitat loss, vehicle collisions and poaching.

Turtle nests

Turtle nests are often eaten or destroyed by predators. To counteract this, turtles lay many eggs with the hope that a few will make it to adulthood.

How you can help

  • Stay out of designated nesting habitat areas. This includes your pets.
  • Don’t handle turtles unless they are in danger.
  • Help educate others on what threats turtles face.
  • Never take a turtle out of the wild to become a household pet.

Turtle species in Guelph

Snapping turtle (Chelydra s. serpentine)

  • Largest freshwater turtle in Canada
  • Long tail, small shell compared to body size
  • Prehistoric or dinosaur-like appearance
  • Cannot retract into its shell
  • Species of conservation concern
  • Uses a wide variety of habitats (e.g. slow flowing rivers, lakes, ponds and wetlands)

Midland painted turtle (Chrysemys picta marginata)

  • Most common turtle species in Ontario
  • Small in size; generally < 15 centimetres
  • Light-coloured plastron (lower shell)
  • Smooth slightly-domed shell
  • Distinct red and yellow markings on neck
  • Often seen basking on logs and rocks
  • Uses a variety of habitats (e.g. slow flowing rivers, lakes, ponds and wetlands)