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Hot on the Trail: The Western Painted Turtle

Posted on September 22, 2014

Taxon: Chrysemys picta
Habitat: Streams, Lakes, and Wetlands
Diet: For the first half of the summer their diet is 60% insects, then they switch to 55% of their diet being plants for the remainder of summer
Predators: Red Fox, Snapping Turtle, Raccoon


Did you know?


  • The sex of the painted turtle is determined by the temperature during development.
  • Turtles shed their shell as they’re growing; this skin resembles a burnt leaf.
  • Painted turtles can swim underwater.
  • A group of turtles is called a ‘a bale of turtles’.