Painted Turtle - Chrysemys picta
Common turtle endemic to the area. Beautiful painting on skin and carapace. Loves to warm up on tree trunks and stones reaching out of the water surface.
An aquatic species spending much of its active time swimming in a pond searching for food. Specially during early spring, the turtle loves to sit on a trunk or stone reaching out of the water and warm up.
Challenges to photograph this animal are multiple. Painted Turtles are shy animals and you cannot really get close without them diving away. You need at least a 200mm lens to get an individual filling the frame or approaching very carefully. You should watch out for water reflections and the possibility of overexposed areas in the shot, in particular during sunny days. Finally, try to get the camera on water surface level which isn't a really possible in certain parks.
We recommend Jardin Botanique de Montréal as best option. The ponds in this park allow you to get close to the water and at water surface level.
Observations by Season
Number of times the species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting nature parks nearby.
A species is registered only once / park visit. Consult the page animal tracking to learn more about how we determine identifications and log observations in the field.
Videos Behavioral Traits
Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) - Many, Many of Them
Recorded: 2022-05-24 - Duration: [02:04]
Videos are hosted on Muuuh's YouTube Channel.
Photos of Painted Turtle
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