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The painted turtle is the only species of Chrysemys, a genus of pond turtles. It lives in slow-moving freshwaters, from southern Canada to the Louisiana Gulf Coast and northern Mexico, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Four U.S. states name the painted turtle as their official reptile. Fossils show that the painted turtle existed 15 million years ago, but four regionally based subspecies (the eastern, midland, southern, and western) evolved during the last ice age. The turtle's skin is olive to black with distinctive red, orange, or yellow stripes. Reliant on warmth from its surroundings, the painted turtle can frequently be seen basking on logs. Crayfish and dragonflies are among the turtle's preferred prey. Many predators eat the turtle eggs or hatchlings, but the adult's shell protects it from most enemies except for raccoons, alligators and humans. Turtles in the wild can live for more than 55 years. (more...)

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Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay, in the Freycinet Peninsula of eastern Tasmania, with Mount Freycinet (right) and Mount Graham (left) visible behind. Nicolas Baudin named the peninsula after French explorer Louis de Freycinet, one of the first to produce a comprehensive map of the coastline of Australia.

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