Muuuh Wildlife Photography

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.

Photography Tips

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 a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting nature parks nearby.

SpringSummerFallWinter
Identifications 8 4 2 0

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

Videos are hosted on Muuuh's YouTube Channel.

Photos of Painted Turtle

Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)

Grim look of a turtle resting on grass above waterlevel

Parc de la Frayère - 2022-07-30

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Z TC-2.0x; Focal Length 400mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f/5.6; Iso 1600;

Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)

Four turtles sitting on a trunk in a row warming up.

Parc Angrignon - 2022-04-30

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Z TC-2.0x; Focal Length 240mm; Exposure 1/400; Aperture f/5.6; Iso 160;

Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)

Two turtles sitting on a trunk to warm up during one of the first warm spring days.

Parc Angrignon - 2022-04-30

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Z TC-2.0x; Focal Length 400mm; Exposure 1/400; Aperture f/5.6; Iso 160;

Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)

Sitting on a trunk, just outside the water, enjoying the sun meanwhile ready to escape back into the water anytime.

Parc Angrignon - 2015-10-04

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f5.6; Iso 320;

Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)

Painted Turtle sitting on a trunk enjoying the last sunbeams at sunset in Park Angrignon.

Parc Angrignon - 2015-09-06

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/500; Aperture f5.6; Iso 500;

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