painted turtle

(Chrysemys picta)

Conservation Status
painted turtle
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

S5 - Secure

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

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.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Male: 4 to 7

Female: 4 to 9

 
     
 

Similar Species

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

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

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Lifespan

 
 

5 to 7 years

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

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

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 11, 13, 14, 24, 29.

 
  2/6/2012      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

Painted turtle is the most common turtle in Minnesota.

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Reptilia (reptiles)  
  Order Testudines (turtles and tortoises)  
  Suborder Cryptodira (hidden-necked turtles)  
  Superfamily Testudinoidea  
 

Family

Emydidae (pond and box turtles)  
 

Subfamily

Deirochelyinae  
 

Genus

Chrysemys (painted turtles)  
       
 

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)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

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Dan W. Andree

 
 

Little Painted Turtle that was on the road...

Sept. 5, 2018 while driving West along a backroad that ran along the North side of Sandpiper Prairie SNA in rural Norman co. Mn. I noticed a small turtle that almost looked like a rock on the gravel/dirt road so decided to stop and take a look. At the same time I noticed a vehicle coming from the West at a good clip with dust trailing behind. It was about a half mile away but getting closer quickly. The little turtle was sitting and not moving much so I thought I would pick it up and I put it in my large camera bag and got into my pickup. The little turtle got out of my camera bag and was crawling around inside my vehicle but I didn't mind. Soon as the emerging vehicle passed I caught the turtle and took it back to where it was - taking a few photos first. There were no other vehicles in sight so I put it down to see which direction it wanted to go. It quickly crawled off the road and into the tall grass and kept going. Knowing it was safe I left. Would hate to see the cute little turtle get ran over.

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Wayne Rasmussen

 
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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.   painted turtle  
           
 

Painted turtles at Deep Portage Reserve in 2010

 
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John Shier

 
  I found I had the wrong name for this turtle. Your site and the MN DNR site agree. I thought, however, that there might be room for one more photo. This one was taken today in Lebanon Hills Regional Park here.   painted turtle  
           
 
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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

 
Chrysemys picta (Painted Turtle)
Allen Chartier
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Chrysemys picta belli (Western Painted Turtle)
John Clare
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  Chrysemys picta (Painted Turtle)
Published on Jun 28, 2019
 
   
 
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filmed in June 2019 in Hennepin County, MN.

This painted turtle was digging a nesting hole near the MN river bottoms!

   
 

Holly Potter

 
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Published on Jun 29, 2018
 
   
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Published on Jun 29, 2018
 
   
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Published on Jun 29, 2018
 
   
 

Dan W. Andree

 
  " Painted Turtles" have character.
Published on Aug 12, 2015
 
   
 
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Turtles have character. An observation of a Painted turtle stretching out its back legs just chilling along a pond in Norman county-Mn. It is also shedding a layer of its shell. Also contains some mating dragonflies bobbing up and down touching the water by the turtle. Music and text is added in the video. Shows distant and up close images. This observation made me like turtles a lot more.

   
       
       
 
Other Videos
 
  Western Painted Turtle - Chrysemys picta bellii - YouTube
JCVdude
 
   
 
About

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
 
   
 
About

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
 
   
 
About

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
 
   
 
About

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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  Molly and Robert Power
6/2/2021

Location: Albany MN

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Location: Washington County

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  Margot Avey
4/19/2019

Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center

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  Dan W. Andree
9/5/2018

Location: rural Norman County MN

Sept. 5, 2018 while driving West along a backroad that ran along the North side of Sandpiper Prairie SNA in rural Norman co. Mn. I noticed a small turtle that almost looked like a rock on the gravel/dirt road so decided to stop and take a look. At the same time I noticed a vehicle coming from the West at a good clip with dust trailing behind. It was about a half mile away but getting closer quickly. The little turtle was sitting and not moving much so I thought I would pick it up and I put it in my large camera bag and got into my pickup. The little turtle got out of my camera bag and was crawling around inside my vehicle but I didn't mind. Soon as the emerging vehicle passed I caught the turtle and took it back to where it was - taking a few photos first. There were no other vehicles in sight so I put it down to see which direction it wanted to go. It quickly crawled off the road and into the tall grass and kept going. Knowing it was safe I left. Would hate to see the cute little turtle get ran over.

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  Wayne Rasmussen
5/13/2018

Location: Maplewood Heights Park

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  John Shier
5/12/2017

Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park

I found I had the wrong name for this turtle. Your site and the MN DNR site agree. I thought, however, that there might be room for one more photo.

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  John Valo
5/13/2017

There’s always room for more photos.

   
  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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