One day at the end of April, I found this little guy along the side of the house.
It surprised me to find a painted turtle because it seemed totally out of its habitat. My Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians says "they live chiefly where the water is shallow, the aquatic vegetation profuse, and the bottom soft and muddy - in ponds, marshes, ditches, edges of lakes, backwaters of streams..." None of that describes the habitat around my house - I have no ponds or water features other than birdbaths and my soil is VERY VERY sandy.
Here's more info on the Painted Turtle:
- Painted turtles are most active from May to October in the Northeastern United States.
- During the winter, painted turtles hibernate by burying themselves deep in the mud beneath streams and ponds. The mud insulates the turtle, which helps prevent freezing during the harsh winter months.
Is there anyone who can help me out with this curiosity?