Field Guide to Maryland's Turtles (Order Testudines)
Midland Painted Turtle
Chrysemys picta marginata
Midland Painted Turtle Photo Courtesy of Linh Phu
4½ - 7 inches. Record – 9½ inches.
The Midland Painted and the Eastern Painted are two subspecies of Painted Turtle. They share a similar appearance.
Differences between The Midland Painted and the Eastern Painted
All painted turtles prefer shallow, slow-moving water with a soft bottom and aquatic vegetation. They can be found in both fresh and brackish water.
How to Find
The most conspicuous basking turtle we have, they can be active in any month, but typically observed basking April to September. Observe them through binoculars on fallen logs and debris along shorelines, typically in early morning, midday and early afternoon. Also, find them on land nesting in loose soil from late May to early July.
Distribution in Maryland
Painted turtles are found throughout Maryland. Midland Painted
Turtles will be found in the northern and western counties and may breed with
Eastern Painteds where they overlap in Central Maryland.
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