Midland Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta marginata

Midland Painted Turtle Midland Painted Turtle
Photo by Robert Rold Photography Photo by Robert Rold Photography

Description:  The Midland Painted Turtle ranges in size from 4.5-5.5 inches.  The carapace (upper shell) is brown to olive with a red tinge along outside borders.  The carapace is not serrated along rear edge, and the scutes are in an alternate pattern.  The plastron (lower shell) has a central dark blotch that generally covers all scutes.  The upper jaw is notched.

Habitat:  Found anywhere shallow water occurs.

Behavior:  Painted turtles are the most common turtles encountered in North America, often seen basking together on logs, rocks and banks.

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