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 » Pets & Animals Reptiles Turtles

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 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 »

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 » Pets & Animals Reptiles Turtles

Snapping turtles live in shallow, freshwater bodies throughout North America. Two types exist, the common snapping turtle and the alligator snapping turtle. Common snapping turtles can be found in water bodies throughout... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles Turtles

Turtles, including tortoises and terrapins, have varying life spans depending on the species. Some live only 10 to 25 years, while others live for over 150 years. The oldest recorded turtle is Harriet the Turtle, who die... More »

There are six subspecies of box turtles found in the U.S. and Mexico. A distinctive feature all box turtles have is a bi-lobed, hinged plasteron that allows them to close their shell almost completely. Males are slightly... More »