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Chrysemys picta (Painted Turtle)

Synonyms: Emys picta; Hydrochelys picta; Testudo picta; Trachemys picta

Wikipedia Abstract

The painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) is the most widespread native turtle of North America. It lives in slow-moving fresh waters, from southern Canada to Louisiana and northern Mexico, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The turtle is the only species of the genus Chrysemys, which is part of the pond turtle family Emydidae. Fossils show that the painted turtle existed 15 million years ago. Four regionally based subspecies (the eastern, midland, southern, and western) evolved during the last ice age.
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Chrysemys picta bellii (Western painted turtle)
Chrysemys picta marginata (Midland painted turtle)
Chrysemys picta picta (Eastern painted turtle)


Hibernates [1]  Yes
Maximum Longevity [2]  61 years
Water Biome [1]  Lakes and Ponds, Rivers and Streams
Adult Weight [2]  372 grams
Diet [1]  Omnivore
Female Maturity [2]  7 years 6 months
Male Maturity [2]  4 years 6 months


Protected Areas

Emblem of


Prey / Diet

Pimephales notatus (Bluntnose minnow)[3]


Aquila chrysaetos (Golden Eagle)[3]
Lontra canadensis (northern river otter)[3]
Neovison vison (American Mink)[3]
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)[3]
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox)[3]


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


S Canada (from Nova Scotia to British Columbia), USA (Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsi;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve
Edwin S. George Reserve, University of Michigan, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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