painted turtle

(Chrysemys picta)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

western painted turtle

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

S5 - Secure

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Habitat

Muddy bottomed ponds and marshes, the margins of small lakes, sluggish streams and river back-waters.

Lifespan

5 to 7 years

Size

Male: 4 to 7

Female: 4 to 9


Identification

The upper shell (carapace) is relatively flat and has orangish-red markings around the margin. The neck, legs, and tail have bold yellow and orangish-red stripes.

 
Similar
Species

This is the only turtle in Minnesota with orangish-red markings.


Food

Plants, fish, crayfish, aquatic insects, snails, tadpoles, and carrion.

 
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Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 11, 13, 14, 24, 29.

Comments

Common
This is the most common turtle in Minnesota.


Taxonomy

Order:

Testudines (turtles)

 

Suborder:

Cryptodira (hidden-necked turtles)

 

Superfamily:

Testudinoidea

 

Family:

Emydidae (terrapins)

 

Subfamily:

Deirochelyinae

 
Subordinate Taxa

eastern painted turtle (Chrysemys picta picta)

midland painted turtle (Chrysemys picta marginata)

southern painted turtle (Chrysemys picta dorsalis)

western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii)

 
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Common
Names

painted turtle


 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Painted turtles in Keller Lake at Hwy 61 & 36. They have a nature walkway here where you may also see the eagles which nest next to Hwy 36.

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Painted turtles at Deep Portage Reserve in 2010

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  Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)
Andree Reno Sanborn
 
  Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)  
 
About

Eastern PaintedTurtle
(Chrysemys picta)

NH Conservation Status: Not listed

State Rank Status: Widespread and abundant.

Distribution: Throughout state, less common in northern New Hampshire.

Description:A 4-6 inch turtle with a smooth carapace and light lines running across the back (created from the straight rows of the large scutes on the back). The head and neck streaked with red and yellow stripes. There are two yellow spots behind each eye.

Commonly Confused Species: None

Habitat: Wetland areas with an abundance of vegetation and basking areas such as shallow ponds, marshes, bogs, slow-moving streams, and lakeshores. Often seen basking on partially submerged logs or rocks in large groups.

Life History: Nest usually close to water’s edge in sandy or loamy area with open canopy. Typically 5-8 eggs are deposited in shallow, excavated depressions. Up to 2 clutches may be laid in a year. Hibernate in mud bottoms or under submerged logs.

Conservation Threats: Road mortality, increased abundance of subsidized predators (e.g., raccoons), collection, and habitat loss & degradation.

http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Wildlife/Nongame/turtles/painted_turtle.htm

 
     
  Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)
Bill Keim
 
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  Chrysemys picta (Painted Turtle)
Allen Chartier
 
  Chrysemys picta (Painted Turtle)  
     
  Chrysemys picta belli (Western Painted Turtle)
John Clare
 
  Chrysemys picta belli (Western Painted Turtle)  

 

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  Western Painted Turtle - Chrysemys picta bellii - YouTube
JCVdude
 
   
 
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Published on May 4, 2012

We found these turtles sunning themselves on a small pond.

The Western Painted Turtle is named after the bright yellow stripes on its head, neck, tail and legs, and the glowing red on its plastron (shell covering the belly) and under-edge of its carapace (shell covering the back).

Most adult Painted Turtles spend the winter hibernating in the mud at the bottom of ponds and lakes. Once temperatures warm up and the ice leaves the water, Painted Turtle courtship begins.

In B.C., Painted Turtles are found in pockets throughout the southern interior, as far north as Golden. This includes the Okanagan Valley, Kamloops Lake, Shuswap Lake, and the Creston and Nelson Area.

At present, the Western Painted Turtle is on the provincial blue list. This means they are considered vulnerable to habitat loss, and susceptible to human and natural disturbances. Habitat is being lost because of pollution and waterway interference due to damming, agriculture, and urbanization of waterfronts.

 
     
  Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta belli)
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Published on Jun 12, 2013

A thoroughly multi-perspective, educational look at an exceedingly patient Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta belli). Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (11 June 2013).

 
     
  Western Painted Turtles in the Wild
Wandering Sole TV
 
   
 
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Published on Jan 3, 2014

Western Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta bellii) swimming and sunning themselves. Any camera shake comes from the fact that all this footage was taken from a distance while in a boat.

The western painted turtle is the largest subspecies of painted turtle and perhaps the most colorful with an ornamented bottom shell with red hues in it.

Music: "Old Man Blanchard" by Josh Woodward ~ http://www.joshwoodward.com/

 
     
  Baby Painted Turtle
Northwest Herper
 
   
 
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Published on Nov 16, 2012

This video is of the western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii) This a juvenile was found in south-central BC. Relatively common speices throughout it's range: in canada it's found through southern british columbia, alberta, saskatchewan, manitoba, and ontario. Watch in HD!

 
     

 

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Wayne Rasmussen
6/28/2014

Location: Maplewood, MN

Painted turtles in Keller Lake at Hwy 61 & 36. They have a nature walkway here where you may also see the eagles which nest next to Hwy 36.

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Wayne Rasmussen
4/27/2010

Location: Hackensack, MN

Painted turtles at Deep Portage Reserve in 2010

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Patty Austvold
May 2, 2014

Location: What used to be called Meadow Lake on Hassan Pkwy in Rogers, MN

Have seen 3-4 live ones since snow melted and we had a couple nice days (specific sightings on Easter Sunday).  They were crawling in cattail rushes and swimming along shoreline.  They were docile and let you pick them up right out of the water or rushes.  Today I am finding dead ones floating along the shoreline--2 recently dead full grown size..and one smaller decomposing.  Is something killing them but not eating them?  We have lots of muskrats and Herons and Garter Snakes on the lake.  Or is there a disease...or did they come out too soon from hibernation and it is too cold for them?  I would hate to see them disappear.  Do you have any idea why they might be dying?


     
     
 

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