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Michigan's Painted Turtle


The painted turtle was designated the official state reptile of Michigan in 1995. The painted turtle is the only turtle still commonly found in Michigan (of the nine or ten native species that live in this state). The other turtles native to Michigan are Blanding's turtle, the snapping turtle, musk turtle, spotted turtle, wood turtle, eastern box turtle, common map turtle, and eastern spiny soft shell turtle.


The painted turtle is the most widespread native turtle of North America. This turtle lives in ponds, lakes, marshes, and in slow-moving rivers that have soft, muddy bottoms. Fossils show that the painted turtle existed 15 million years ago. Four regional based subspecies evolved during the last ice age. They are the eastern, midland, southern and western...


Learn more about Michigan's Painted Turtle in today's All About Michigan!


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