Common name: Western Painted Turtle
Scientific name: Chrysemys pict bellii
Western Painted Turtles have a wide distribution in western North America. This is the only native pond turtle left in BC.
This species will feed on insects, snails, earthworms, frogs, tadpoles, algae, aquatic plants, and carrion.
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The Western Painted Turtle is named after the bright yellow stripes on its head, neck, tail and legs. It has a bright red/orange belly with different black and yellow patterns. They have webbed hind feet and slender claws on their front feet with males having much longer claws than females.
Endangered | The Intermountain - Rocky Mountain population of the Western Painted Turtle is listed as special concern. This species has struggled with habitat loss and habitat encroachment due to the Red Ear Slider, an invasive turtle species.
Did you know that Western Painted Turtles usually hibernate in the winter!?