The painted turtle lives in fresh waters with soft bottoms such as creeks, marshes, ponds and the shores of lakes.
IN THE WILD – Plants and animals
IN THE ZOO – Turtle chow
- 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