Eastern Painted Turtle

  • Scientific name: Chrysemys picta
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Testudines
  • Family: Emydidae
  • Genus: Chrysemys
  • Species: C. picta

Fun Facts

  • Eastern painted turtles are the most colorful turtles in North America.
  • Mostly diurnal (active during the day), most of their day is spent basking on logs, stumps, and stream banks.
  • These turtles are usually very timid, and flee from approaching humans.
  • Their diet consists of vegetation, insects, snails, small crayfish and fish.
  • They can grow 4 to 6 inches in length.