One in fifty... About one in every 50 southern painted turtles is born with this very wide, colorful dorsal stripe. Each year we pick out a handful that have this trait - which often goes hand in hand with other bright carapace (top shell) highlights... It's always a pleasure to see keepers get something special - so we put them aside for you.
They are just as hardy, and their set up and care is exactly the same as for normal colored Southern Painted Turtles and 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 ponds when larger than 3 inches.
The turtle arrived ok, however, the front hand was missing finger, it was a white stub the first two days, today it started bleeding, I contacted support and got no response so far.
I bought 4 turtles from them before 11 years ago, and still have all 4! We've built a huge turtle "pond" on our balcony for 3 of them that got too big for a tank. So I bought this one to hang out with the other little turtle too small to go outside yet. She's very tiny, so her name is Tinkerbell. I absolutely love doing business with the Turtle Source.
This adorable little quarter-sized cutie arrived overnight in perfect health and condition. Once she warmed up a little, into the tank she went below the lamp, and she was zooming around the tank in no time. She is in great health, heating properly, starting to recognize me as a food provider, and getting along with her tank mates in 2 short days. I have been buying from The Turtle Source for over 5 years and I won’t even look anywhere else now. Their animal quality is top notch. They have personable, professional and friendly service and they have stopped me from making bad mistakes. I don’t even think about looking anywhere else for turtles and supplies anymore. For the best turtles and the best pricing, shipping and service, I’m definitely a customer for life.
We purchased two new friends and they arrived safe n sound. Staff was very helpful and responsive. We are on day 2 and so far so good!
Very happy with everything. Great company. I’ll be back!