Where in Vancouver - USA?

This week is all about the mud turtles that used to live in large number along the Columbia river. The Indians in fact used to call the area now knows as Fourth Plain as “Land of the Mud Turtle” because there were so many.

Jigsaw Puzzle

These fun turtles are all in pieces - please put them back together again.


Detective Emily is missing her pet turtle. Help her to find him.

Word Search

All about the small mud turtle. Food, enemies, and raising families.


Select the "Turtle" category to play this week's Mystery Hangman.

Where in Vancouver - USA?

Clark County - Washington

The Western Pond Turtle (Actinemys marmorata) is a small to medium size turtle that currently lives only on the western coast of the United States and Mexico. At one time they were found as far north as Canada but no longer exist there and are in danger of dying out completely in other areas.

Before the arrival of white people the turtles were so numerous in the area of Fourth Plain along the Columbia River that the natives called the area the “Land of the Mud Turtle.”

Further Reading:

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife with video [6:16]

History of the Pond Turtle

Wikipedia – Western Pond Turtle

Saving Western Pond Turtles


Turtles Return to Pacific Northwest Waters [1:07]

Meet Tiny Western Pond Turtle Hatchlings [19:19]