The Painted Turtle, or Chrysemys picta, is not endangered. The specific variety we have in Massachusetts is the Eastern Painted Turtle. They can grow to be up to 8 inches long. They are often found sunning on rocks in ponds. They have gorgeous red stripes on their legs, yellow stripes on their neck, and a pattern of red and yellow decoration along the edges of their shell. The turtle's shell is segmented into about 13 squares, with a ring of smaller squares around the edge.
Some people enjoy keeping painted turtles as pets. If you find one in the wild, please don't grab it for a pet. Let it stay wild, and get your pet in a pet store.
I saw two painted turtles in one day while visiting the Blackstone National Golf Course in Sutton in May. Both were wandering right in the fairway area. If you want to see painted turtles, I recommend doing a golf trip in the summer!
Here's the first of the two turtles we saw.
Here's the second turtle we saw, a few holes later.
These next few photos were actually taken at the TPC golf course in Cromwell CT. For a while it had been the only place I'd seen the turtle. Maybe they like golf courses?
Turtles in Sutton Massachusetts
Animals and Birds in Sutton Massachusetts
Sutton Massachusetts Photo Collection