Living with Wildlife Workshop

Explore the presence of wildlife in urban settings. This workshop will help people understand how to attract desirable wildlife, and avoid undesirable wildlife damage in and around their homes. We will discuss how to create, enhance, and manage wildlife habitats both in people's backyards and their larger communities. Lincoln Park Zoo on October 20th, from 9 am-12 pm
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Herps of Illinois

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Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta

Illinois Natural History
Survey Range Map

Chrysemys picta belli

C. p. marginata hatchling

Chrysemys picta marginata

There are two subspecies of painted turtle in Illinois: Midland Painted Turtle(C. p. marginata) and Western Painted Turtle (C. p. belli). The Western Painted Turtle is differentiated from the Midland Painted Turtle by having a boldly pattered plastron, while the Midland Painted Turtle only has a central plastral dark spot. The difference is dramatic.