What sets wood turtles apart from many other turtles is how they move through their environment. Some species, such as tortoises and box turtles, spend the whole year on land, only occasionally wandering in or through bodies of water. Others, such as pond turtles, spend the entire year in water, only leaving it to bask in the sun or lay their eggs.
Wood turtles, however, can do it all. They spend colder months underwater in streams, where temperatures are typically higher and more stable, then emerge and wander over land once warmer weather arrives.