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Midland painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)

Order Familly
Testudines Emydidae

Green: Borealie

Red: Distribution


Omnivorous, feeding on aquatic insects, molluscs, tadpoles, small fish, frogs and various aquatic plants.


From 3 to 5 years old for the male and from 6 to 10 years old for the female, mating and egg laying takes place between April and June. Generally between 2 and 11, the eggs hatch between August and October. Depending on the location, the young can remain in the nest until the following spring. The sex of the babies is determined by the incubation temperature.


From 20 to 40 years in the wild.


Raccoons, skunks and red fox feed especially on eggs and occasionally on adults. Young tortoises are sometimes the prey of crows, birds of prey and other predators. In water, bullfrogs, herons, serpentine tortoises and certain carnivore fish are a threat to the young.


In Canada, certain populations are not at risk whereas others are of special concern or endangered.