Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta

This reptile is named for its ornate red, orange and yellow colouring. It is the most widespread species of turtle in North America that can be found hiding in the foliage and muddy soils of freshwater ponds, or basking on a log in the warm afternoon sun…

Characteristics

The average length of a painted turtle is between 90 and 250 mm (3.5 – 9.8 inches). They can grow up to 25cm long, about the size of a dinner plate. Females are typically larger than males, while the males tend to have longer front claws. The head, neck and limbs are distinguished by decorative yellow stripes…

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