August 30, 2008
The Painted Turtle
The Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) is a true turtle, common in Canada, the US and the northern parts of Mexico.
It lives in ponds, lakes, marshes and is common to see along the roadside sunning itself in the summer months in the United States.
It is orange or yellow in color, and may vary in the pattern.The skin of the painted turtle can vary from deep green to black in color, or a lighter olive green.
Painted turtles hibernate in the winter time and are among the animals that have been known to survive longer than any other vertebrate without oxygen, sometimes surviving up to five months.
Painted Turtles lay their eggs ons softer sandy soils, and dig close to the water, usually about 100-200 feet.The female will then lay between 5 and 15 eggs, which are soft and off white in color. She does not tend to the nest, nor care for the babies. They are born after about 75 days and are independent.
how long do painted turtles live 4 and how much water would u put in a 3ft tank and do they also need fresh water to drink as i need all the help i can get as this is the first turtle iv had so any information i can get would help me thanks