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Southern Painted Turtles for Garden Ponds: Chrysemys picta dorsalis

Category: Garden Pond Turtles

Experience Level: Starter [?]


Our Adult Southern Painted Turtles are 4 - 5 inches, and Pond ready. Seldom available, Southern Painted Turtles love deeper ponds with both shade and sun. Our's love romaine lettuce & pellets, and we give them the occasional earth worm or cut fish supplement. Southern Painted Turtles do very well in southern states, but will thrive in northern ponds if kept in side during winter... Over time, they become quite friendly and are a great way to brighten up your pond with an outgoing and pretty turtle that gets along with nearly all other Pond species . Their description follows:

Southern Painted Turtles ( Chrysemys picta dorsalis ) are found on both sides of the Mississippi river south through Missouri, to the gulf coast of Louisiana, and east through northern Mississippi and Alabama. Southern Painted Turtles are the smallest of all the Painted Turtles, rarely growing over 5 inches. One of the prettiest, they have a distinct yellow to orange/red dorsal stripe. Southern Painted Turtles have a bit more tolerance for warmer weather, and do well in outdoor ponds in warmer climates.

Southern Painted Turtles, like all painted turtles, start out as carnivores, and become more herbivorous as they get older. We feed ours pelleted water turtle diet, dark leafy greens and cut fish. Adults have a very elegant courtship ritual where the male and female take turns stroking each other with their foreclaws, and moving away from and towards each other. They are diurnal, sleeping on the bottom at night, and becoming active in day light. Just like other Painted Turtles, Southern Painted Turtles love to bask and forage about their tanks or ponds. In the wild, as many as 50 can be seen basking on the same log. They quickly learn to recognize their keepers and come to feeding. They make fine, colorful additions to community tanks and garden ponds when larger than 3 inches.

* Remember, each turtle order comes with a free starter sample of the same Turtle diet your Turtle has been raised on - this will last one small turtle a few weeks - to order larger quantities, see the lower left side of this page. *

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1: We have only one 4" male Southern Painted Turtle available: **Sorry, these turtles have been ordered**

Shipping Size: MEDIUM

5. Pricing: 1 or more: $54.95/ea.

Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock

2: We have just a few of 4"+ female Southern Painted Turtles with minor shell imperfections:***Sorry these have been ordered***

Shipping Size: LARGE

5. Pricing: 1 or more: $34.95/ea.

Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock

3: We have a very pretty group of male 3"-4" Wide Striped Southern Painted Turtles available: * Sorry these turtles have been ordered*

Shipping Size: LARGE

5. Pricing: 1 or more: $49.95/ea.

Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock

4: We have just a few very pretty 3"-4" High Colored Southern Painted Turtles with one or two minor tail imperfections available: *Sorry, these turtles have been ordered*

Shipping Size: LARGE

5. Pricing: 1 or more: $59.95/ea.

Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock

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