Midland Painted Turtle
Estimated Wild Population
Midland painted turtles were named for the brightly colored markings on their face and limbs. Individual turtles range from three to 10 inches in length and have relatively flat, yellow-and-green shells. They feed primarily on plants and small water animals—such as fish, crustaceans, and insects—by using powerful jaws to grip their food. They often spend winter burrowed in mud at the bottom of a pond, where they enter a state of lowered activity to survive the cold.
Interesting Fact 1
Midland painted turtles are one of the most common turtles in North America.
Interesting Fact 2
The sex of hatchlings is dependent on incubation temperature. Lower temperatures result in male offspring and higher temperatures result in female offspring.
Interesting Fact 3
They can defend themselves from predators by drawing their head and limbs into their shell.
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