|PAINTED TURTLE Chrysemys picta|
DESCRIPTION: A medium-sized (shell up to 250 mm or 10" in length) aquatic turtle with a low, smooth, dark olive, gray-brown, or black shell marked with yellow and red lines around the edges. The head and limbs are dark olive-gray with numerous cream and yellow stripes. A dark horizontal bar runs through the middle of each eye. The bottom part of the shell (plastron) is marked with a single large, dark, central blotch on a red or yellow background. The rear edge of the carapace is smooth. Females grow to a much larger size than males. The similar looking Pond Slider has a large red patch on each side of the head.
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