A cool turtle.
In the foreground.
Two subspecies of the Eastern Painted Turtle, also called simply Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta), in pond at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA..
Midland Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta marginata), the one on the left in photo, is not native to New Mexico. The Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii), the one on the right, is native to New Mexico and this location. Presumably the Midland individual was a released pet.
The painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) is the most widespread native turtle of North America. It lives in slow-moving fresh waters, from southern Canada to Louisiana and northern Mexico, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The turtle is the only species of the genus Chrysemys, which is part of the pond turtle family Emydidae. Fossils show that the painted turtle existed 15 million years ago. Four regionally based subspecies (the eastern, midland, southern, and western) evolved during...