Eastern Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta picta (Schneider, 1783)
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Reptilia   >   Order Testudines   >   Family Emydidae   >   Genus Chrysemys   

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Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta picta) is the subspecies of painted turtle found through most of Maryland. In extreme western Maryland, it is replaced by the Midland Painted Turtle (C. p. marginata). Eastern Painted Turtles are named for the colorful red and yellow markings on the head and shell. This abundant aquatic turtle is often a conspicuous inhabitant of ponds, lakes, slower rivers, and ditches with aquatic vegetation, frequently spending much of their time basking on rocks or logs (Conant & Collins, 1998). This subspecies ranges throughout most of Maryland, and may intergrade with Midland where ranges come into contact in western Maryland (Maryland DNR website).

Description:

Eastern Painted Turtle has the edges of the large scutes on the dorsal carapaces more or less aligned into rows across the back. In Midland, the edges of the central scutes and lateral scutes alternate, and are not in obvious, discrete rows.

There are 252 records in the project database.

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An Eastern Painted Turtle in Montgomery Co., Maryland (11/11/2014). Photo by Karl Krueger. (MBP list)

Eastern Painted Turtles in Baltimore Co., Maryland (3/17/2016). Photo by Keith Eric Costley. (MBP list)

An Eastern Painted Turtle found in Prince George's Co., Maryland (7/5/2008). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Eastern Painted Turtles in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/22/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

An Eastern Painted Turtle in Dorchester Co., Maryland (4/4/2015). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A juvenile Eastern Painted Turtle in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/11/2014). Photo by Robert Aguilar, SERC. (MBP list)

An Eastern Painted Turtle in Dorchester Co., Maryland (3/10/2016). Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)

Eastern Painted Turtles in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/2/2017). Photo by Matthew Beziat. (MBP list)


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