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.
Southern Painted Hatchling
Arrived very lively and in good condition. Excellent shipping speed and quality.!
Simple process. Thank you.
Southern painted turtle
Arrived promptly, in great packaging and great health. Immediately took to the new tank and happily swims and basks their day away. Highly recommend!
Southern Painted turtles
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!
Beautiful southern painted turtle hatchling
Shipping was great and turtle arrived alive. He was asleep when he got home but he woke up and seems fine, but doesn't want to eat just yet. They even sent a little zip lock bag of food which was nice. I would buy more turtles from here if I needed anymore ♡
Southern Painted Turtle
Absolutely love the little guy! Arrived alive and well. If I’m ever on the market for a turtle again, I’ll definitely purchase from TheTurtleSource!
Buying a Southern Painted Turtle
One of the best decisions of my life. Learning new things as time goes and just adorable to watch.
Southern Painted Turtle
We had a couple of setbacks trying to get this turtle, but Amy kept me informed and found a way to get us the turtle. The turtle came and seems to be doing great!
Southern Painted hatchling
I ordered my very first baby turtle just before hurricane Ian. Delivery was delayed, but I was kept informed which was appreciated. My baby turtle was finally delivered and was packaged well, seems very healthy, is eating , and is basking. He (she) is the cutest. Thank you Turtle Source.