Herpetofauna: One Life's List

Chrysemys picta dorsalis
Southern Painted Turtle

Wayne Co., Missouri
October 28th, 2002

Mingo Swamp in southern Missouri is a great place to view Southern Painted Turtles. On a sunny day they are out in force, basking on logs and swimming in the ditches and creeks. There's no mistaking the species either - dorsalis has this nice orange 'racing stripe' down the middle of its carapace.

The top picture is a Southern Paint from Mingo Swamp, and the bottom is a neonate rescued off the road near Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee. Note that the egg tooth is still attached on this little turtle.













Return to Life List Index                    Return to Mike's Page