Painted Turtles (Midland and Western)

Status: Special Concern
Photo: Adopt-a-pond, Toronto Zoo

I.D. Features:

  • Smaller fast turtle
  • Red colouring underneath carapace and on neck
  • Yellow stripes, but no red colour near the ears (red-eared sliders have red markings here)
  • Smooth carapace
  • Pale plastron

    Painted turtle- left. Snapping turtle-right. Copyright. Christina Davy

Habitat Features:

  • Generalists- like most small wetlands pockets, ponds, rivers and streams


Painted turtles are one of the most prolific turtles in Ontario: they are found throughout central and southern Ontario