Who doesn't like turtles? In the garden they occasionally eat plants, but also insects, slugs and snails.
To celebrate the turtles and raise awareness about their status (over 40% of turtle species are threatened with extinction), several agencies and associations are joining together to declare 2011 "The Year of the Turtle." Read more at their website.
More facts: Turtles found in Iowa include snapping turtles, painted turtles and softshell turtles. See ISU Extension Publication IAN604, pages 22-24.
A total of 17 different species of turtles have been found in Iowa. See HerpNet.net.