Female digging a nest in mowed area.
Deceased Midland Painted Turtle found on the side of Old Mill Road in between the Tinker's Creek State Nature Preserve and Tinker's Creek State Park areas of Liberty Park.
Struck Midland Painted Turtle on Cannon Road near State Route 82. Bleeding plastron, carapace intact. Moved off road, was not there the next morning. I spoke with concerned neighbor and she said they see an average of two per week throughout summer crossing the road between the ponds, especially with heavy rains and overflow from east-most pond. Most turtles are midland painted or snappers, found struck or dead.
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...