Unlike other species of turtles, determining the sex of a painted turtle is fairly easy. It is not possible, however, to determine the sex until the turtle has reached maturity.Continue Reading
Turn the turtle upside down, and look at the tail. The male turtle has a significantly longer and wider tail than the female.
Keep the turtle upside down, and look at the cloacal opening. The male's cloacal opening appears past the end of the carapace, while the female's is near the base of the tail.
Look at the turtle's front claws. Male painted turtles' claws are significantly longer than those of females'.
In the wild, painted turtles survive on a diet of algae, plants, aquatic insects, crustaceans and fish. Instead of adopting a sit-and-wait approach, the turtles forage along the bottom of the water body, flushing prey out into open water with exploratory strikes into the vegetation.Full Answer >
Painted turtles have a large natural range, encompassing much of North America, from southern Canada to northern Mexico, although they're absent from most of the southwestern United States. Additionally, humans have introduced painted turtles to locations outside of their natural range, including Spain, Germany, the Philippines and Indonesia. Painted turtles usually inhabit quiet freshwater lakes and ponds with soft muddy bottoms and an abundance of aquatic plant life.Full Answer >
Different species of turtles have different weights. While a green sea turtle weighs up to 700 pounds, a speckled tortoise weighs less than 1 pound. Weight also depends on the turtle's age and sex.Full Answer >
A mature female chicken is called a hen, making the only difference between a chicken and a hen its sex and age. A mature male chicken is called a rooster, cock or roo.Full Answer >