|Copyright: Carl Adam Wegenschimmel (Carl-Adam) (53)|
|Date Taken: 2009-09-06|
|Exposure: f/3.0, 1/320 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2009-09-08 18:25|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Midland Painted Turtle (C. p. marginata)|
Midland Painted Turtle (C. p. marginata), Ottawa, Ontario
* 4 1/2--5 1/2"
* Large, alternating (staggered) carapace scutes
* Vaguely oval or narrow elongated medium-to-dark gray plastral blotch centered on the mid-line, remainder of plastron yellow or yellow-orange
* Range: Southern Quebec and Southern Ontario to Tennessee. Northwest Georgia and extreme Northeastern Alabama
Southern Painted Turtle (C. p. dorsalis)
Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) is a reptile that is common in southern Canada, the United States, and northern Mexico and is related to other water turtles such as sliders and cooters. This turtle lives in ponds, lakes, marshes, and in slow-moving rivers that have soft, muddy bottoms. The maximum carapace size, or shell length, for painted turtles is or 25 cm (10 in.). Its shell is used to protect it from its predators.
The skin of an adult Painted Turtle's head, neck, feet and tail, and the carapace-edge (marginal) scutes have a red and yellow striped design that gives the appearance of having been hand-painted. The plastron, depending on the subspecies, can be entirely yellowish or yellowish-orange, mostly yellowish with a dark pattern in the center, or may have a bold, elaborate pattern of yellow, orange, red and dark gray. The background skin tone of the painted turtle varies from olive green to solid black. The Painted turtle is the only species in the genus Chrysemys. It comprises four sub-species: the Eastern, Southern, Midland, and Western Painted Turtle. The only species of Painted Turtle that has a stripe on its back is the Southern Painted Turtle.
The Western Painted Turtle (C. p. bellii), is the official reptile of the U.S. state of Colorado.
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