Eastern Painted Turtle

Blackwater NWR is home to eight species of turtles.

One of the most commonly seen is the Eastern Painted Turtle.  They can be sighted throughout the refuge’s waters or basking on the mudflats, logs, or anything else they can climb on.


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Eastern Painted Turtle


The Painted Turtle is the most widespread native turtle of North America.


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Eastern Painted Turtle


There are four subspecies of the Painted Turtle:  Eastern (mine captured here), Midland, Southern, and Western.  Unfortunately, the Western Painted Turtle is on the Endangered Species list.  The last of it’s population lives on Vancouver Island.


(So sorry for the long hiatus, I was not well after my previous post but am now doing better and have been trying to catch back up with life.  For my Bella & Beau followers, a post is forthcoming.  They and their two chicks are still thriving!)



27 thoughts on “Eastern Painted Turtle

  1. So glad you are back! I love the colors and lighting in both pictures, and the reflection in the second one. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you for your question, Jane! I now know and pass along that there are four subspecies of the Painted Turtle: Eastern (my post here), Midland, Southern, and Western. The Western Painted Turtle is on the Endangered Species list. 😦 The last of it’s population lives on Vancouver Island. (adding this to my post, thanks again, Jane!)

  2. Glad you are feeling better. In the second photo I almost like the logs as much as the turtle. Nice reflections in the second.

  3. Beautiful turtle! It’s so clean and shiny! I’m glad that your feeling better Donna. Nice shots! 🙂

  4. Sorry to hear you haven’t been well. Hoping you continue to mend and certainly good to hear Beau and Bella and family are doing OK! We’re catching up on house remodel projects during this summer when we can air the house out. I don’t do really well with fumes. I wonder if all the projects will EVER be truly done? Come to think of it, it’s also a time when we stay put to avoid the summer crowds. It’s all good. Just hard to catch up with blogging 😀

    • Thanks so much, Gunta, I am feeling much better! I don’t blame you on the fumes, they usually produce headaches that are uncomfortable. I wonder too if our projects will ever get done. But all is good! And I do have some catching up to do myself!!

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