The Painted Turtle is the most common and wide-spread type of North American turtle and can be found across the continent. Fossils show that painted turtles have been around for 15 million years.
Adult painted turtles can life for up to 40 years in the wild. Painted turtles are an important part of the ecosystem and are important predators of small fish, crustaceans and invertebrates.
I found this painted turtle roaming around my yard, so I thought I’d take a moment and get a few close-up shots before taking him down to the creek.