Scientific NameChrysemys picta
Native To United States and southern Canada
Habitat Slow moving ponds and streams
Diet Omnivore: insects and vegetation
Size and Age Up to 25 cm (10 in) long; average lifespan of 50 years
The painted turtle is named after the bright yellow, red, and orange colouration on its head, neck and bottom of its shell. They live in slow-moving bodies of water such as creeks and ponds. To avoid predators, painted turtles refrain from venturing onto the banks of bodies of water. They prefer to bask in the sun, floating on vegetation in the middle of a pond or stream.