Herps of Illinois

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Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta

Illinois Natural History
Survey Range Map

Chrysemys picta belli

C. p. marginata hatchling

Chrysemys picta marginata

There are two subspecies of painted turtle in Illinois: Midland Painted Turtle(C. p. marginata) and Western Painted Turtle (C. p. belli). The Western Painted Turtle is differentiated from the Midland Painted Turtle by having a boldly pattered plastron, while the Midland Painted Turtle only has a central plastral dark spot. The difference is dramatic.