painted turtle

n.
a freshwater turtle, Chrysemys picta, common in the U.S., having bright yellow markings on the head and neck and red markings on the margin of the carapace.
[1875-80]

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Species (Chrysemys picta, family Emydidae) of brightly marked North American turtle found from southern Canada to northern Mexico.

It has a smooth shell, 4–7 in. (10–18 cm) long, with red and yellow markings on its relatively flat, black or greenish brown upper shell. It usually lives in quiet, shallow bodies of fresh water, especially those with thickly planted mud bottoms, feeding on plants, small animals, and some carrion. It often basks in large groups on logs and other objects. In many areas it hibernates.

Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)

Leonard Lee Rue III
The National Audubon Society Collection/Photo Researchers

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 brightly marked North American turtle (family Emydidae) found from southern Canada to northern Mexico. The painted turtle is a smooth-shelled reptile with a shell about 14 to 18 cm (5.5 to 7 inches) long in adults. The upper shell, which is relatively flat, is either black or greenish brown with red and yellow markings along the margins.

 The painted turtle usually lives in quiet, shallow bodies of fresh water, especially those with thickly planted mud bottoms. It feeds on plants, small animals, and some carrion. It often basks in large groups on logs and other objects, and in many areas it hibernates during the winter.

      From mid-spring to mid-summer, the female painted turtle typically lays 2 to 20 eggs, depending upon her size, in a nest near the water. The eggs hatch in 60 to 80 days. Hatchlings that emerge from eggs laid during mid-summer remain in the nest until early spring.

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