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Southern Painted Turtle

$54.95 - $139.00
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Product Description

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 ponds when larger than 3 inches.

Other Details

Common Name:
Southern Painteds
Scientific Name:
Chrysemys picta dorsalis
Restricted States:
Turtle Category:
North American Water Turtles
Turtle Subcategory:
Painted Turtles

Warranty Information

We offer a 7 day health guarantee on our captive bred animals only provided all conditions are met as listed in our Terms and Conditions page.


  • 5
    Southern painted turtle

    Posted by Carey on Jul 9th 2024

    I could not be more pleased with my hatching Southern painted turtles. The turtle source so so careful to make sure they would be safe in this hot Florida weather. Thank you

  • 5
    Southern painted turtle and turtle source pin.

    Posted by Chris. on Oct 11th 2023

    I ordered on a Friday and my little guy arrived on Tuesday. he's doing awesome he's eating pellets and chasing little guppies around his waterland tub. I wish I could upload pics. I even received a orange turtle source pin with my order. I definitely recommend ordered all your turtles from the turtle source.

  • 5
    Southern painted turtle

    Posted by Waylon Walters on Oct 8th 2023

    Arrived packaged very well and healthy.

  • 5
    Southern Painted Turtle

    Posted by Jonathan on Sep 13th 2023

    I ordered a southern Painted Turtle hatchling online. The turtle arrived in 24 hours and the turtle was in excellent condition. The turtle was beautiful.

  • 3
    Southern Painted yearling.

    Posted by Michael Cowan on Aug 31st 2023

    While I love your customer service and that they sent this turtle after sending the wrong one. However if this is a yearling it is the smallest ever. About one fourth the size of the cooter yearling that was sent by mistake. It is smaller than my red ear hatchling. Oh Well.

  • 5
    Southern Painted Hatchling

    Posted by Adam on Apr 20th 2023

    Arrived very lively and in good condition. Excellent shipping speed and quality.!

  • 5
    Fast delivery

    Posted by Jon on Apr 5th 2023

    Simple process. Thank you.

  • 5
    Southern painted turtle

    Posted by Tim on Apr 5th 2023

    Arrived promptly, in great packaging and great health. Immediately took to the new tank and happily swims and basks their day away. Highly recommend!

  • 5
    Southern Painted turtles

    Posted by Jack Smith on Feb 5th 2023

    I love southern painted turtles, when I got mine it was the size of a quarter! Also it is very energetic and is very fun to look at, southern painted turtle males don’t get very big, the females are bigger, I would recommend to anyone with the right size tank and right equipment!