3½” - 5"
5½” - 7"
the wild, they feed upon fish, insects, carrion and plant matter.
Low to mid 80's
Basking Temperature: High 80's to
Low to mid 70's
shallow ponds, marshes, lakes and creeks
and Missouri, Mississippi River to the Gulf Coast, into Alabama and Louisiana.
These are extremely aggressive baskers, so a
basking spot is required. UVB lighting is needed as well as a heat lamp over the
basking spot. A submersible heater is recommended if the water temps fall below
the recommendation. They are excellent swimmers and their captive habitat should
have a water depth as deep as possible. Substrate should be anywhere from a sand
to a fine-to-medium size gravel.
Recommended size for a single adult Chrysemys
picta dorsalis would be a 40 gallon aquarium as a minimum (55 or larger
preferred) for males, and a 55 gallon aquarium as a minimum (75 or larger
preferred) for females. This will provide adequate swimming area, as well as
assisting the filtration in maintaining good water quality. For additional Chrysemys
picta dorsalis, I would recommend adding 20 gallons of tank space per
additional male, and adding 40 gallons of tank space for each additional female
at a minimum.
Stock Tanks and Rubbermaid containers
also work well. The same space recommendations remain the same.
In captivity, they do well on
ReptoMin, Reptile/Pond 10, Cichlid Sticks, aquatic plants,
fish, veggies, snails, crickets and assorted worms and insects.
is a great turtle for a community habitat with
Sliders, Cooters, Map Turtles and other Painted Turtles.
Southern Painted Turtles are aggressive
baskers and are extremely personable turtles. They are a hearty species and most
seem to adjust well to change.