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Western Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta bellii


Carapace is oval and smooth throughout. Color is slate black to olive brown or dark green with light irregular lines that may resemble a netlike pattern. Red and black markings at the margins and underside of carapace. Skin is dark with yellow and red stripes. Head is moderate in size with a short snout. Head color is dark with bright yellow stripes that become red on the neck. Males have longer front claws and longer tail. A large plastral figure covers over half of the width of the plastron and extends outward along the seams.



Carapace 4 - 9 inches



Similar Species

Midland painted turtle


Opportunistic, omnivorous species that readily feeds on algae and other aquatic plants. It also consumes insects, crustaceans, worms, and fish.


Found in quiet, shallow waters of lakes, ponds, sloughs, marshes, and ditches. Common in urban to suburban aquatic habitats.


This species basks often and is active throughout most of the year. It is typically basking with in large groups on the same log or rock. When alarmed, it quickly falls into the water and will come back to the surface soon after.

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Western Painted Turtle

Western Painted Turtle

Western Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta bellii

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