Painted Turtle : Great Lakes Aquarium

Painted Turtle

Exhibits: Aviary

Animal Groups: Reptiles

Latin Name: Chrysemys picta
Other Names: There are Western, Eastern and Midland varieties of painted turtles.

Painted turtles are omnivores. They feed on aquatic plants, insects, tadpoles, and dead matter (carrion).

At the Aquarium they eat lettuce, meal worms, crickets, fish and fruit.


These turtles are often called “pond” or “mud” turtles. They prefer shallow lakes, ponds and wetlands with a muddy bottom.

Animal Size: 4-10 inches across
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Natural History

Female painted turtles tend to be larger than males. They are frequently spotted in large basking groups.