Scientific Name Chrysemys picta
Native To United States and southern Canada
Habitat Slow moving ponds and streams
Diet Omnivorous – eat insects and vegetation
Size and Age They can grow up to 10 inches long and live 50 years.
The Painted Turtle got its name for the bright yellow, red, and orange colouration on its head, neck, and the bottom of its shell. The turtles live in slow-moving bodies of water such as creeks and ponds. In order to avoid predators they will avoid the banks and will bask in the sun by lying on floating vegetation in the middle of the water.