painted turtle


painted turtle

noun

Definition of PAINTED TURTLE

:  a North American freshwater turtle (Chrysemys picta) having a greenish to black carapace with yellow, red, or olive bordered scutes and a yellow plastron

First Known Use of PAINTED TURTLE

1876

painted turtle

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta).—Leonard Lee Rue III—The National Audubon Society Collection/Photo Researchers

Species (Chrysemys picta, family Emydidae) of brightly marked North American turtle found from southern Canada to northern Mexico. It has a smooth shell, 4–7 in. (10–18 cm) long, with red and yellow markings on its relatively flat, black or greenish brown upper shell. It usually lives in quiet, shallow bodies of fresh water, especially those with thickly planted mud bottoms, feeding on plants, small animals, and some carrion. It often basks in large groups on logs and other objects. In many areas it hibernates.

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