Painted turtles hanging out near a red-eared slider by the shore.
Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) is a reptile that is common in southern Canada, the United States, and northern Mexico and is related to other water turtles such as sliders and cooters. This turtle lives in ponds, lakes, marshes, and in slow-moving rivers that have soft, muddy bottoms. The maximum carapace size, or shell length, for painted turtles is or 25Ã‚Â cm (10 in.). Its shell is used to protect it from its predators.