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.