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Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)

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Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)

Identification: The low, smooth carapace is black or olive, with red markings along or under the margins. Plastron yellow or orange with dark central blotch or figure. Head yellow striped, neck and limbs red or yellow striped.

Adult carapace length: 4 to 9.8 inches (10 to 25 cm).

Habitat: Prefer shallow, weedy waters with mud bottom (ponds, lakes, marshes).

Habits: Much time spent basking; may move over land to find new habitat or nest site. They eat aquatic plants and seeds, insects, snails, tadpoles, carrion, etc.

Reproduction: Males have very long front claws, used to tickle females during courtship. Females nest late May to early July; 4 to 20 elliptical, soft shelled eggs are buried in sunny spot. Incubation takes 70 to 80 days, but hatchlings will often spend the winter in the nest and emerge in spring.

SOURCE: Michigan DNR

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