Painted turtles are small, hardy turtles that generally do well in captivity, although not all states allow them to be kept as pets. With the proper care, baby turtles, or hatchlings, can live for decades if they live in... More »

The first step in caring for a southern painted turtle is to provide it with a suitably large habitat, such as a 55-gallon aquarium or a small pond. It's best to ensure that the water stays very clean, which can be accom... More »

Painted turtles eat carrion small fish, freshwater crustaceans, aquatic insects, plant leaves and algae. The hatchlings are largely carnivorous and add more plants to their diets as they mature. More »

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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 intr... More »

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The Cheloniidae, or scute-shelled sea turtles, are a group of seven species with life spans ranging up to 75 years in captivity. Leatherbacks, which have shells covered in tough skin rather than scutes, live at least to ... More »

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A turtle's diet depends on the species and whether it is held in captivity. For example, a wild turtle eats wild plants and small animals, such as insects and worms, while a pet turtle is typically fed a diet of store-bo... More »

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The first step in caring for a southern painted turtle is to provide it with a suitably large habitat, such as a 55-gallon aquarium or a small pond. It's best to ensure that the water stays very clean, which can be accom... More »