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Southern Painted Turtle

$44.95 - $139.00
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*Texas customers require a Non Game Dealer's Permit in order to purchase this turtle.

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 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!

  • 5
    Beautiful southern painted turtle hatchling

    Posted by Belinda King on Dec 30th 2022

    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 ♡

  • 5
    Southern Painted Turtle

    Posted by William Edwards on Dec 25th 2022

    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!

  • 5
    Buying a Southern Painted Turtle

    Posted by Kacia Heath on Nov 30th 2022

    One of the best decisions of my life. Learning new things as time goes and just adorable to watch.

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