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Western Painted Turtle

C. p. bellii

Description:

The largest subspecies is the western painted turtle (C. p. bellii), which grows up to 25 cm (10 in) long.[56] Its top shell has a mesh-like pattern of light lines,[18] and the top stripe present in other subspecies is missing or faint. Its bottom shell has a large colored splotch that spreads to the edges (further than the midland) and often has red hues.[18] (Wikipedia)

Habitat:

Riparian through shrub-steppe

Notes:

They are often found sunning themselves on the sides of roads near irrigation ditches here in SE Washington.

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3 Comments

namitha
namitha 9 years ago

Amazing spotting. The colours and the ornamentation on its shell is spectacular.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 9 years ago

Wow.

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Gorgeous!

Steve Lenz
Spotted by
Steve Lenz

Washington, USA

Spotted on May 27, 2011
Submitted on Sep 23, 2012

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