hit by car doa
very red individual
Two turtles basking on a log in one of the Preserve ponds. The turtles were very common throughout the many ponds found within the Preserve. No photos.
Turtle was basking on a log in a pond complex. The ponds were part of a much larger wetland. The turtle was one of many seen in the same area. Photo is in situ.
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...