Chrysemys picta (Schneider, 1783)

Painted turtle
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Description 1

Medium sized turtle with a dark carapace with red parts along the edge. They have yellow lines on their head and tail. The size of adults can vary but they can reach up to 25 cm. Young turtles look a lot like adults but their colouring is far brighter.

Biology 1

Males tend to be fertile at 2-4 years, and females at 6-10 years. They mate from March to June and lay from April to July (some 23 eggs). They are generalist omnivores and feed on a variety of algae, plants and animals.

Habitat 1

They live in lakes, lagoons, rivers and ponds, preferring muddy areas with dense vegetation. They need mild temperatures.

Sources 1

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species and Document sheets of the Exotic Invasive Species Act 630/2013. (GEIB), CABI

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species - Reptiles 1

http://www.mapama.gob.es/es/biodiversidad/temas/conservacion-de-especies/especies-exoticas-invasoras/ce_eei_reptiles.aspx

Fuentes y Créditos

  1. Adaptado por INVASORES - administrador de un trabajo de (c) cartotragsatec, algunos derechos reservados (CC BY-SA), http://natusfera.gbif.es/guide_taxa/2033

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