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Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta


smooth and attractive shell with red, yellow, and/or black patterns; carapace (top of shell) is unique due to the large scutes which lay in straight rows across its back and is about 8 inches in length;


found in large pond at Ribbonwalk Nature preserve where I'm sure they can find lots of aquatic vegetation and invertebrates to feed on


There were lots of these basking or sunning on downed trees in the water; we saw at least 16; these were seen in winter - they can be seen any month of the year; it is interesting that they are the only known reptiles that can withstand freezing.

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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Lat: 35.29, Long: -80.82

Spotted on Feb 26, 2017
Submitted on Apr 14, 2017

Spotted for mission


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