Midland Painted Turtle (Subspecies Chrysemys picta marginata) photo = Turtle,Painted_MAC_©DaveSpier_D046450iN
This female was found crossing a dirt road; possibly looking for a place to nest.
hit by car at least twice crossing 8 lanes of highway traffic
Turtles on a rock
hit by car
Several groups of midland painted turtles were gathered every 50-100 ft along the C&O Canal (north of Lock 31) in Knoxville, MD. The canal is located approximately 20 ft from railroad tracks and 100 ft from roadway.
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...