The Painted Turtle is native to most of North America and resembles the “pet turtles” that many of us had for very short periods as pets when we were children.
Unfortunately the tiny baby Red-eared Sliders that were sold in pet stores seldom lived more than a few months (if that). They certainly did not belong in the small plastic turtle bowls with the plastic palm tree, that were recommended at the time. I was somewhat more prepared to give them better care when my daughter was young and had to have a couple of the little guys. They were kept in a nice large aquarium and grew very fast. Unfortunately – too fast. They were large and healthy when we found someone who was happy and prepared to give them a home that was large enough to keep them healthy.
But – back to the Painted Turtle. There are several of these turtles living wild and free at Forth Whyte Alive in Winnipeg. Some days, they can’t be found, but they made themselves available to me on my last trip there.
As you can see, it was a nice sunny day and the turtles love to bask in the sun.
The Painted Turtle can grow up to 25 cm (10 inches) long. The ones here in Manitoba would be the Western sub-species.
Obviously, Manitoba gets a little chilly in the winters here, so the turtles hibernate in the mud under the water for a few months (4-6).
Wikipedia has more information on the Painted Turtle here.
I also noticed these snails in the water on this trip. I know nothing about snails, but they posed for me – so I took their picture. 🙂