Found remains in grass near wetland.
A flash of red at the tail.
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.
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...