Easy  to see why these are called Painted Turtles.Painted Turtles

Painted Turtles

They sun mainly in the Spring and Fall when they need to raise their body temperatures.Painted Turtle

Painted Turtles

They do travel to find new quarters.  This one was in a driveway far from water.  In the Spring they travel to find places to bury their eggs.Painted Turtle

A baby.  They look like the small turtles that used to be sold in Dime Stores and pet shops, and they nearly are.  This turtle, in one form or another, is almost worldwide.  The Red-Eared Turtle from China is in pet stores today and enough have escaped that Colorado now has its own colony at the Pueblo Reservoir.Baby Painted Turtle

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