Turtles of the Month - Student Corner
Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)
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.
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