Painted Turtle Care Sheet

Description: The shell of all Painted Turtles is solid black in color with red spots along the outside.
Scientific Name: Chrysemys picta
Lifespan: 20 to 25 years
Average Size: 6 to 8 inches
Origin: Eastern USA


Turtles have a tendency to eat all the food that you provide them, even thought they may not need that much. Allow your Painted Turtle to eat all it can in about 30 to 45 minutes. After that time period remove any remaining food from the enclosure. Adults should be fed once every 2 days while juveniles that are growing should be feed daily.


Lighting: Painted Turtles require vitamin D3 to keep them healthy. This can be provided with a good UVB light source or by a vitamin supplement applied to their food.
Physical Design: Painted Turtles should have an aquatic environment with a dry area (usually made of rocks) that they can sit on and bask in the heat. This dry area can either be off at one end of the enclosure or can be right in the middle of the water.
Size: The length of the enclosure should be about 6 or 7 times the length of the turtles shell with the width of the enclosure being 3 or 4 times the length of the shell. Anything smaller than this and the turtle will not have enough room to swim around freely.
Temperature: Optimal water temperature for Painted Turtles is about 75 degrees F. A basking area will be needed that is between 85 and 88 degrees F.
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