Midland painted turtle is a good option for beginner turtle keepers, as it is known to be tame, hardy and enjoyable to watch. There are 4 species of Painted Turtle including Midland Painted turtle. They are named as such because of their ornate shell markings. These swimmers require special attention paid to their water quality, enclosure temperatures, and the food they are fed in order to provide optimal care to these aquatic turtles.
The average painted turtle can grows between 4 and 12 inches long with males being smaller than the females. In the wild, painted turtles can live for over 50 years old! They can found in ponds and around small lakes, often congregating on logs to sun themselves and dry off. In colder weather, they will hibernate.
Painted Turtles can be found from North America and southern part of Canada to northern Mexico. You can find each region has its own different painted turtle and the Midland Painted Turtles are really easy to be found within the Great Lakes region such as Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Iowa.
Since every Painted turtle are aquatic turtles, they will spend most of their time swimming, eating and basking under the sun. They need a large fish tank, 100 gallons of water or more but the tank need to be place a dry lock. The large fish tank is necessary for a fully grown one. For a dry dock however, you can place a rock or create a beach on one side of the tank. Quality water filters are a must for any painted turtle enclosure to keep the water clean, clear, and fresh.
Painted turtles typically eat their food while swimming. Aquatic turtle is an omnivorous animal. Turtle pellets are a good staple diet but your turtle should also get some fresh leafy vegetables (Romaine, dandelion greens and fresh parsley.) Some insects, fish or shrimp also ideal for your little swimmer. Fatty fish should e avoided.
Aquatic turtle need heat and light for their basking area. they do not need hot temperature but they will be more active if their home is heated properly. Keep the temperature there anywhere from 85 – 90°F (30 – 32°C). Maintain the air temperature in your Midland Painted Turtle’s enclosure anywhere from the lower than 80°F (27°C). The turtle’s water temperature should be kept not lower than 70°F (21°C).
Painted turtles are not ideal for households with small children. But they are an ideal option for first time owners to keeping turtles in their homes. These animals are hardy, and they are also tame one when they are around people, so they will not always be hiding or running away when you come near their enclosure like so many other turtles do.
- Length: 5 to 9 inches
- Type: Semi-aquatic turtle
- Color: Upper shell is dark green to black in color with red markings on the sides. The plastron is usually tan to yellow and often has a dark, irregularly shaped blotch in the center.
Midland Painted Turtle often carry salmonella and other pathogens that can spread to humans. Wash your hands after handling them is a must. It is best to look for a turtle at a reputable breeder or rescue group that can give you details on the animal history and health. There are other symptoms that you need to watch out to keep them in good condition. Such as:
- Gastrointestinal parasites: Poor appetite and abnormal feces
- Respiratory infections: Habitat too cold
- Hypovitaminosis A: Lack of vitamin A can lead to swollen eyes, raw skin, stomatitis and nasal drainage
- Metabolic bone disease: shell deformities
Want more facts? Click here for more animals and nutrition facts on Instagram!