Outside Animals

Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta

Painted Turtle


The painted turtle lives in fresh waters with soft bottoms such as creeks, marshes, ponds and the shores of lakes.

Diet in the wild

Plants and animals

Diet at the Zoo

Turtle chow

Fascinating Facts

  • Sunbathe to regulate body temperature
  • Only turtle whose living location ranges from Atlantic to Pacific
  • Most abundant turtle species
  • Designated as the "official reptile" for four U.S. states
  • Adults in the wild can live more than 55 years