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Western Painted Turtle

Western painted turtles are one of the four subspecies of painted turtles found in Canada and the United States. These omnivores are the largest among the four subspecies.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Family Emydidae
    Subfamily Deirochelyinae
    Genus Chrysemys
    Species Chrysemys picta
    Scientific Name Chrysemys picta bellii

    Size Up to 26.6 cm
    Color Black or dark olive green upper shell; head, neck, legs, tail and lower shell have bright red, yellow and olive coloration
    Distribution Canada, north and southwestern United States
    Habitat Near shallow streams, rivers, lakes
    Diet Insects, worms, snails, fish, crayfish, amphibians and tadpoles, carrion, aquatic vegetation
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter in the mud at the bottom of river or lakes
    Predators Juveniles fall prey to Skunks, chipmunks,  squirrels, raccoons, groundhogs, crows, gray and red foxes, badgers
    Breeding Season March – June
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 1 to 23 eggs
    Incubation Period 72 – 80 days
    Reproductive Age 3 to 6 years of age
    Average Lifespan More than 20 years in captivity

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    Published on November 2nd 2016 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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