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Painted Turtles Pictures Gallery

Last updated 1/9/2010

Painted turtles are geographically the most widely distributed water turtles in North America.
They are high spirited, high energy, and very cold tolerant turtles who are very prolific.
They make excellent pets. Some become very docile while others remain high spirited.
It is the high spirit that makes them very entertaining pet turtles.

Here in Pennsylvania we have eastern and Midland painted turtles living together and interbreeding.
It is common to get both subspecies from the same clutch of eggs.
The easiest way to tell them apart is by markings on their plastrons. Eastern painted turtles have
no markings and Midland painted turtles have dark markings that may fade with age.

Painted turtles are in the family Emydidae, genus Chrysemys, and species picta.
When the scientific name is written the species, picta, is abbreviated as "p.".

There is one species of painted turtles with four subspecies:
Eastern - Chrysemys p. picta
Midland - Chrysemys p. marginata
Southern - Chrysemys p. dorsalis
and Western - Chrysemys p. belli.

See pictures of baby painted turtles on the Baby Turtles Pictures page.


 
Eastern Painted Turtles
Chrysemys p. picta
Scratchy, adult female
 | pic 1 | pic 2 | pic 3 | pic 4 | pic 5 | pic 6 |
Kilter, adult female
  | pic 1 | pic 2 | pic 3 | pic 4 | pic 5 | pic 6 | pic 7 | pic 8 |
 Kilter has produced many babies that have been placed in new homes via our adoptions page.
 You can see some of her babies on the Baby Turtle Pictures page.
Kernsville, adult female
 | pic 1 | pic 2 | pic 3 | pic 4 | pic 5 | pic 6 | pic 7 | pic 8 |
New >>> | pic 9 | pic 10 | pic 11 | pic 12 |
Ramses, from a juvenile to an adult male
  | pic 1 | pic 2 | pic 3 | pic 4 |
Jezebel, adult female
 | pic 1 | pic 2 | pic 3 | pic 4 | pic 5 | pic 6 | pic 7 | pic 8 |
NEW >>> | pic 9 | pic 10 | pic 11 | pic 12 | pic 13 | pic 14 | pic 15 | pic 16 |
 If the name Jezebel seems odd, know that she is a Queens, NY girl.

 
Midland Painted Turtles
Chrysemys p. marginata
Plasma, young female
 | pic 1 | pic 2 | pic 3 | pic 4 | pic 5 | pic 6 | pic 7 | pic 8 |
Lilybell, from a juvenile to an adult female. 
 | pic 1 | pic 2 | pic 3 | pic 4 | pic 5 | pic 6 | pic 7 | pic 8 | pic 9 | pic 10 |
Lilybell has a faint pattern of a Midland painted turtle on her plastron and the bars of an eastern painted turtle on her carapace. She looked more like a Midland as a juvenile and more like an eastern as an adult. She surely has the genes of both.

 
Western Painted Turtles
Chrysemys p. belli
Davenport, adult female
  | pic 1 | pic 2 | pic 3 | pic 4 | pic 5 | pic 6 | pic 7 | pic 8 | pic 9 | pic 10 |
 Also see Davenport's wallpaper picture on the Wallpapers page.
 Pincushion is Davonport's baby.
Sofa, adult male
  | pic 1 | pic 2 | pic 3 | pic 4 | pic 5 | pic 6 | pic 7 | pic 8 | pic 9 | pic 10 |
 NEW >>> | pic 11 | pic 12 | pic 13 | pic 14 | pic 15 | pic 16 |
 Pincushion is Sofa's offspring.
Archimedes, adult male
  | pic 1 | pic 2 | pic 3 | pic 4 |
Pincushion, baby
  | pic 1 | pic 2 | pic 3 | pic 4  | pic 5 | pic 6 | pic 7 | pic 8 |
 Pincushion is the offspring of Davenport and Sofa.

 

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