Painted Turtle

Painted turtle Chrysemys picta

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Identification: The painted turtle is usually between 4 and 6 inches along. They have a olive to dark olive brown-smooth carapace (upper shell) with light lines. Their head and neck have red and yellow stripes and they have two yellow spots behind each eye.

Habitat: This turtle is found in wetland areas with an abundance of vegetation and basking areas and are often found on partially submerged logs/rocks and in large groups.

Other: Painted turtles are the most common and widely spread turtles in North America.