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Painted Turtle

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The adult painted turtle female is 10–25 cm (4–10 in) long; the male is smaller. The turtle's top shell is dark and smooth, without a 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. The subspecies have evolved different habitat preferences.[40] The eastern painted turtle is very aquatic, leaving the immediate vicinity of its water body only when forced by drought to migrate.[60] Along the Atlantic, painted turtles have appeared in brackish waters.


I believe this is a female laying eggs. She was wedged in a hole, right beside my mothers grave. That was so weird. I will keep tabs to see if any little ones are born.

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Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Jun 2, 2013
Submitted on Jun 2, 2013


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