Oregon Turtles

Western Painted Turtle

Western Painted Turtle


  • Head and legs are dark green with yellow lines
  • Bottom shell is red or orange with unique black pattern
  • Top shell varies from olive to brown and is slightly flattened and smooth with red/orange markings along the margin
  • Length ranges based on age with a max length of about 10 inches


  • Spend most of their time in shallow, slow-moving water of streams, ponds, lakes, wetlands and rivers; preferably with a soft, muddy bottom with vegetation and submerged logs



  • Found primarily in the Columbia River Basin, and in the northern portion of the WIllamette River Basin