Image from page 80 of "The reptile book; a comprehensive popularised work on the structure and habits of the turtles, tortoises, crocodilians, lizards and snakes which inhabit the United States and northern Mexico" (1915)
Authors: Ditmars, Raymond Lee, 1876-1942
Subjects: Reptiles -- North America
Publisher: New York, Doubleday, Page
Contributing Library: MBLWHOI Library
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Copyright, 1907, by Doubleday. Page & CompanyEASTERN PAINTED TURTLE, Chrysemys picta.A familiar terrapin of eastern North America. The bright markings alone are sufficient for identification.
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Copyright, 1907, by Doublcday, Page tit CompanyWESTERN PAINTED TURTLE, Chrysemys marginata. Distinguished from the preceding species by the narrower yellow margins on the shields of the upper shell and an elongate black patch on the plastron. Found in the Central States. The Terrapins frightened, the Painted Terrapin forms a typical representativeof the pond turtles, which depend upon the water to such anextent that they are unable to feed unless beneath the surfaceof this element. The food consists of aquatic insects, tadpoles,fishes and water plants. Not difficult to capture and very attractive in its colouration,this terrapin is frequently seen in a captive state, but as an in-mate of an aquarium it is not only annoying, but dangerousto the other life, as it will swim after the fishes, biting at theirfins and tails, and, if they be small enough, overpowering andeating them. It is fond of raw chopped beef, chopped fish,earthworms and soft-bodied insect larvae. If lettuce leavesbe le
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