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Eastern Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta


he adult painted turtle female is 4–10 in long; the male is smaller. The turtle's top shell is smooth and oval without a keel (ridge). Its skin is olive to black with red, orange, or yellow stripes on its extremities. The turtle eats aquatic vegetation, algae, and small water creatures including insects, crustaceans, and fish. During winter, the turtle hibernates, usually in the muddy bottoms of waterways. The turtles mate in spring and autumn. Females dig nests on land and lay eggs between late spring and mid-summer. Hatched turtles grow until sexual maturity: 2–9 years for males, 6–16 for females.


Eastern Painted Turtles live in marshes, lakes, ponds, rivers, and slow-moving streams. They prefer water with lots of plants, and logs they can climb out on.


I have pictures of young and adult turtles for my spotting

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keithp2012 8 years ago

Who is yurtle the turtle?

DavidMroczkowski 8 years ago

Looks like Yurtle the Turtle.

keithp2012 8 years ago

Thank you, it's funny how they piled in size order to get higher up for best basking spot.

Seema 8 years ago

great spotting..the 1st one is amazing..piled up ...

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Laurel Hollow, New York, USA

Spotted on Aug 22, 2012
Submitted on Aug 22, 2012

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