One of the most widespread turtle species that are native to North America. These turtles have a huge range from as far North as Canada, to as far South as to the Northern Mexico As well as both coasts of Atlantic and the Pacific.
Fun Fact : Like any reptile, the Painted Turtle is cold-blooded, they regulate their body temperatures by basking. It’s not uncommon to see groups of turtles basking together.
Fun fact 2: Adult females of this species can be up to 10 inches long, males are smaller.
Fun Fact 3: The Painted Turtle is one of the best-studied vertebrates able to survive long periods without oxygen. Due to it’s unique blood chemistry, brain, heart and shell allow the turtle to survive extreme lactic acid buildup while deprived of oxygen.
These of Painted Turtles were photographed while I was wandering around the hiking trails at Stony Creek Metro Parks. Located in Washington Michigan, it’s one of my favorite areas to hike and take photos. Should you find yourself in South East Michigan and you get a chance to visit you should do so!