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