Midland Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta marginata
Agassiz, 1857
Johnson Co., Illinois. May 19, 2001.

My first marginata was far from any water. It was laying eggs in a shallow hole, right in the middle of a trail, more than a hundred feet up a steep, rocky slope, and far from any water. It’s amazing how far some turtles will travel in order to lay their eggs. The turtles pictured are from Whiteside Co., Illinois, back in 2016.

My Flickr album for this species is here.

HerpMapper records for this species are here.

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