Painted Turtle

Painted TurtleChrysemys picta

Physical features:
Flat upper shell with red and yellow marking on plastron, bright yellow stripe behind eyes.

Lakes, rivers, streams.  Prefer quiet, shallow freshwater with thick mud.

Plants, fish, crustaceans, aquatic insects

Fun facts:
Gender is determined by egg incubation temperature as they lack sex hormones. Low temperature produces males, high produces females.