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Diet

Omnivorous, these animals feed on berries, tender plant leaves, mushrooms and insects.

Lifespan

In the wild, up to 46 years; in captivity over 50 years.

Canadian status

Threatened

Quebec status

Vulnerable

Reproduction

This species has a rather late sexual maturity which is reached between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. Mating takes place in Spring and Fall. Eggs are laid anywhere from the end of May to the beginning of July (most commonly in June). The eggs, generally between 6 and 11 of them, will hatch at the end of summer, mainly in August and September.

Predators

Raccoon and striped skunk are big predators of their eggs and young. Offspring can also be prey to certain fish and birds such as crow.