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Painted Turtle

Found in North America, the painted turtle is the most widely-spread native turtle of the country. They have four subspecies.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudins
    Family Emydidae
    Subfamily Deirochelyinae
    Genus Chrysemys
    Species C. picta
    Scientific Name Chrysemys picta

    Length 7–25 cm (3–10 in)
    Coloration Bright and intricate patterns of white, black, orange or orangish yellow
    Distribution From southern Canada to Louisiana and northern Mexico, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific
    Habitat Slow-moving water bodies with fresh water (varies between subspecies)
    Diet Eat both plants and animals like duckweed, algae, dragonfly larvae, crayfish and the types
    Breeding Season Spring and fall
    Clutch Size Average 4 to 10
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on January 24th 2017 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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