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Painted Turtle Eastern behavior

The Eastern Painted Turtle is a fairly small, brightly colored turtle found in North America. They are beautiful and can be good pets.

Eastern Painted Turtles can often be found in ponds, lakes, and streams. They are often seen in groups on the beach and on logs basking in the sun. They will bask not only with other Painted Turtles but also with members of other turtle species. Their preferred habitats are soft-bottomed and slow moving, providing lots of vegetation to eat and hide in. The Eastern Painted Turtle is a diurnal animal, meaning they are active during the day. A large percentage of their day is spent basking on stumps, logs, and the banks of the streams. Painted Turtles are very timid animals and usually flee from approaching humans. Painted Turtles are most active during the summer and gradually become less active as winter approaches. By October or November, they are usually hibernating in the mud at the bottom of the stream. They become active again in March.

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