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Eastern Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta picta


A shiny, green to brown top shell, with red to orange rings along the outer edge and sometimes a stripe up the middle of the shell starting at the back usually running only part way up, the bottom shell is a cream color, the markings on the head and legs are lines of red orange and yellow


Ponds, lakes, rivers, all with access to land


I found this old girl trying to cross route 11 in Cicero NY (a 4 lane sub highway), she will be re-located to a protected Cornell pond with lake access.

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Chrysemys picta
Eastern Painted Turtle
Chrysemys picta picta

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Aaron_G 8 years ago

Scientific name added.

Aaron_G 8 years ago

Hi there. Since you know the identity of your organism, please go ahead and fill in the scientific name field. This allows the spotting to fully enter the database and become complete, letting groups and individuals use the data and find your spotting. It also takes the spotting off the "unidentified" list. Thank you!

Here's a great Project Noah blog entry that explains the spotting process:

Hello, now that you’ve been provided a couple ID’s, please review them and edit your spotting if you agree with one so that it’s removed from the unidentified list. Thank you!

bandhturtlesite 9 years ago

This one is of the Eastern subspecies Chrysemys picta picta. Nice looking turtle!

dadetore 9 years ago

Thanks John I appreciate it!

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New York, USA

Spotted on May 21, 2012
Submitted on May 21, 2012

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