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Western Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta bellii)

Western Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta bellii)

Thinking that this is a male as the claws of the males are longer than the females and this one has very long claws along with a bigger, thicker tail which males also have. (Note the smaller one in the water)
These turtles can grow to over 30.5cm (1 ft) in length, with the carapace (shell) measuring up to 25 cm ( 9.8 in) long – roughly the size of a dinner plate.
Western Painted Turtles require very specific freshwater habitats that are now threatened by rapid urban development. Southern Vancouver Island has lost more than 80% of its wetlands; habitat that is critical to Western Painted Turtles and many other species. Road mortality and nest site disturbance are two other main threats.
Western Painted Turtles are the only remaining native freshwater turtle species on the BC Coast.
There have been several other non native turtles introduced into BC lakes/ponds from pet owners who no longer wanted them that we frequently see in our lakes/ponds.

Posted by Freshairphotography by Janis Morrison on 2021-05-16 03:04:21

Tagged: , Western Painted Turtle , Painted Turtle , Turtle , Vancouver Island Nature , Vancouver Island , Greater Victoria , Saanich, BC , Saanich Parks , BC Wildlife , Vancouver Island Wildlife , West Coast , Pacific Northwest , Nature , Chrysemys picta bellii

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