Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta

Class: Aves Order: Gruiformes Family: Gruidae


4-10 in


Up to 55 years



Habitat & Range

Creeks, marshes, ponds, and lake shores of North America

Interesting Facts

  • These turtles often bask in the sun in groups on top of logs and other objects. They sometimes stack on top of each other. They will dive into the water at the first sign of danger.
  • Painted turtles hibernate during the winter by burrowing under the mud.
  • Painted turtles are one of the most common turtle species in North America.
  • They are very similar in appearance to the red-eared slider. Painted turtles, however, lack the red markings that red-eared sliders have on the sides of their head.

Conservation Status

Least Concern