Year of the Turtle
Northeast Region
 

Turtles of the Month - Student Corner


July

Diamondback terrapin. Credit: USFWS

August

September

Spotted turtle

October

Painted turtle

November

Red-eared Slider

December

Wood turtle. Credit: Linh Phu

January

Eastern Musk turtle

 

2011 Year of the turtle graphic


Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta

Painted turtle. Credit: USFWS
Painted turtle

Description: Head, legs and tail are black with yellow stripes. Underside of its marginals—the plates of the shell’s perimeter—has bold red markings. Usually 4 to 9 inches long.

Habitat: Prefers still water with abundant aquatic vegetation and a soft stream bottom. Found in ponds, marshes, streams and rivers throughout the Northeast.

Diet: Omnivorous, feeding on worms, insects, tadpoles and small fish, as well as pondweed, algal matter and flowering plants.

Status: Still abundant in most areas.

Threats: Include: road mortality; increased abundance of predators, such as raccoons; collection for pet trade; habitat loss and degradation.

To learn more, visit
Chesapeake Bay Program
Turtle Conservation Project
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department      
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


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Last updated: September 7, 2011