Herpetofauna: One Life's List

Chrysemys picta belli
Western Painted Turtle

St. Louis Co., Missouri
May 16, 1982

I didn't have a picture of a belli until May of 2004, when this female was rescued off a road in eastern Kansas.  They are gorgeous turtles, top to bottom. There is little in the works of humankind that can rival the plastron of a Painted Turtle.








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