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Eastern Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta

Quabbin Reservoir, MA

Some cool facts:

Most widespread native turtle in North America.

They have been around for 15 million years!!

In the wild they can live 55 years!

Diet- aquatic vegitation, crustaceans, insects and fish.

Hibernates in the mud at the bottom of ponds and lakes through the winter.

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Photo © copyright by Patrick Zephyr.