How Long Do Painted Turtles Live?

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A painted turtle can live for around 20 years in the wild, or it can live for 30 years or more in captivity. Turtles are very well known for having long lifespans, and painted turtles are no exception.

Natural Habitat

Painted turtles are mostly found in North America, where they live close to bodies of fresh water. They are commonly found in lakes, ponds and streams throughout the various regions of the country.

Eating Habits

The painted turtle belongs to a group of animals called omnivores. Omnivores eat a combination of meat, vegetables and other nourishing substances. These turtles eat nearly anything they can get their hard beaks on, and they prefer to swallow their food whole as opposed to chewing it. They commonly reside in ponds, where they have easy access to a diet of fish, algae and plant life.

Interesting Fact

Most turtles like to bury themselves in the sand, and painted turtles are particularly fond of this habit. They predominantly sleep under the water with their heads buried in the sand or the fine grit at the bottom of a lake, pond or creek. They spend the winter months in this same fashion. When the weather grows cold, they burrow into the sand for warmth. In particularly frigid temperatures, they burrow even deeper into the layers of sand for protection.