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Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta


The adult painted turtle female is 10–25 cm (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 subspecies can be distinguished by their shells: the eastern has straight-aligned top shell segments; the midland has a large gray mark on the bottom shell; the southern has a red line on the top shell; the western has a red pattern on the bottom shell.


To thrive, painted turtles need fresh waters with soft bottoms, basking sites, and aquatic vegetation. They find their homes in shallow waters with slow-moving currents, such as creeks, marshes, ponds, and the shores of lakes.

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MeredithNudo 11 years ago
Painted Turtle
Chrysemys picta Painted turtle

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MeredithNudo 11 years ago

You're welcome! I thought it was a red-eared slider at first, but the shell doesn't look right.

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 11 years ago

Thanks MeredithNudo for the ID.

Everythin is new here in NY for us :)

Noe and Pili
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Noe and Pili

Ithaca, New York, USA

Spotted on Aug 26, 2012
Submitted on Oct 14, 2012

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