NESS Receives Two Painted Turtles

June 4, 2015

Recently we received a generous donation of two adorable eastern painted turtles. They are named Buddy (has deformed shell) and Baby (normal shell). The painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) is the most widespread native turtle of North America.

  It lives in slow-moving fresh waters, from southern Canada to Louisiana and northern Mexico, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The turtle is the only species of the genus Chrysemys, which is part of the pond turtle family Emydidae. Fossils show that the painted turtle existed 15 million years ago. Four regionally based subspecies (the eastern, midland, southern, and western) evolved during the last ice age. Although they are able to be handled, it is very important that students wash hands after handling them. I am pleased to welcome Buddy and Baby to our growing collection of animals at NESS. If there are any more questions please email crose@nessf.org.