Painted Turtles

The painted turtle, Chrysemys picta, is a common turtle in the slow moving, freshwater waterways of North America. One of the more attractive turtle species, the painted turtle's pretty shell also serves as a major deterrent to would-be predators as it is too hard for most predators to bite through. Painted turtles hibernate in the winter but are a common sight in the spring and summer.

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Can painted turtles lay unfertilized eggs?

Yes, they likely won't hatch however many species of turtles will retain sperm from up to several years before.

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Are Painted turtles cold blooded or warm blooded?

Reptile such as turtles, lizards, and snakes are cold blooded.

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Will chlorine hurt painted turtles?

Yes. It can kill them
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Do painted turtles carry any diseases?

Yes, they carry many different ones like aids, because of un-protected turtle sex!..

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Can painted turtles survive in the wild after captivity?

Yes, however they should be put into the care of a wildlife rehabilitator in order to make sure they are fully healthy, released at the right time, and not carrying any diseases caught from other pets or food.

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Can peninsula cooters and southern painted turtles live together?

They sure can as long as they like eachother! ;)

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How much would a painted turtles cage cost?

It depends on the size of the turtle, you usually can not find turtle tanks that are "just add water and turtles", if you know what I mean :). The size of the turtle affects the cost because painted turtles will grow to be 7-10 inches long and adults require a 75 gallon plus tank. Listed below are the basics and an estimate of what they could cost.

  • A 75 gallon plus tank $100 and up
  • A floating rock or log $15 and up
  • Cage decorations (plastic or real plants, rocks, figurines, gravel [larger than your turtle's head] they all help to enrich a turtle's life) $30 and up
  • A heat lamp and bulb $30 and up
  • A UVB lamp and bulb $60 and up
  • A heater $30 and up
  • A filter $30 and up

All together that equals $265 dollars in American money. Remember once you get what it required all you have to pay for is food, extras, and vet bills. The priced does vary by where you live and what stores you go to.

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How can you tell snapping turtle eggs from painted turtle eggs?

Snapping turtle eggs are round like ping-pong balls, while Painted Turtle eggs are long ovals.

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What do Painted Turtles eat?

What turtles eat:
  • lettuce
  • fish
  • tutle food from pet store
  • earthworms
  • crickets
  • waxworms
  • aquatic snails
  • dandelion greens
  • carrots
  • squash
  • greenbeans
  • apples
  • bananas
  • berries

Etc

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Are painted turtles endangered species?

i think so

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Is it legal to own a painted turtle?

Yes it is legal. Both painted turtles and red sliders are legal.

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Do painted turtles like carrots?

my painted turtle will enjoy carrots when in bite sized pieces, but prefers celery. my painted turtle is very carnivorous and loves to chase small fish. however, you might want to stun the fish if they are to fast for your turtle.

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Is a painted turtle an amphibian?

No, it's a reptile. Actually all turtles/tortoises are reptiles.

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Do baby painted turtles shed?

Painted turtles will shed their scutes (thin layer on shell) but not their skin. Usually most turtles only shed about once a year.

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How long can a turtle stay underwater?

Turtles can stay under water from one hour to five hours depending on the species, water temperature ect.

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What do baby painted turtles eat?

Answer feeding baby painted turtlesYoung painted turtles in our pond in Maine were fed tiny bits of lettuce from the farmer's market and raw hamburger via tweezers with great success.

I have 7 baby painted turtles, I feed them bits of raw chicken, pieces of fish I've caught at the lake like brim ,but caution turtles can only eat under water, not on land, the water must be over the turtles at all time.

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How long does it take to hatch Painted Turtle eggs?

What if they haven't hatched by then is it still possible for them to hatch?
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How many eggs does a painted turtle lay?

The number of eggs has been strongly correlated with body size, thus a larger painted turtle lays more eggs than a smaller one. A female will lay up to 23 eggs, but this depends on subspecies.

Western Painted Turtles, Chrysemys picta bellii, lay up to 23 eggs with an average of 12.

Midland Painted Turtles, Chrysemys picta marginata, lat up to 17 eggs with an average of 8.

Eastern Painted Turtles, Chrysemys picta picta, lay up to 11 eggs with an average of 5.

Southern Painted Turtles, Chrysemys dorsalis, lay up to 11 eggs with an average of 4.

It has been suggested, however, that these numbers are due largely or even entirely to the body size correlation, as the egg clutch curve fits the body size curve across subspecies.

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Can painted turtles hear?

all turtles can hear

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Do they sell painted turtles at petco?

Yes.

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How often do painted turtles lay eggs?

painted turtles often lay their eggs 2 mounths after the first hatch.

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Are painted turtles deaf?

No. Painted turtles hear a smaller range of sounds than humans, only the low frequencies, with no capability for high pitched sounds.

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How long do painted turtles stay under water?

25 - 30 minutes

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How do you care for your baby painted turtle?

Well you have to have a UV Light, a Turtle Dock, a Filter, a Heater, and at the least a 10 gallon tank. You need 1 gallon per inch of turtle. I have two baby painted turtles and they eat "Baby Shrimp and Krill" and eat alot each day. You should get some plants and gravel to put in the tank too. Turtles love to swim, so in the summer you can build a little pond and let the turtle live there until late autumn. You need to leave the UV light on at least 6 hours a day.

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Does a painted turtle need a light in their aquarium?

yes, is the short answer. but there is a lot more to it than that

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