Western Painted Turtle
Habitat: This turtle needs marshy ponds, small lakes, slow-moving streams, and quiet off-channel portions of rivers. It prefers waters with muddy bottoms with aquatic vegetation. Open ground for nesting and logs for basking help keep this species healthy.
Lives: In Blue Mountains and Willamette Valley ecoregions. In the Columbia Plateau, East Cascades and West Cascades ecoregions, it lives only along the Columbia River.
Fun fact: While hatchlings are only about the size of a quarter, individuals can live 20 years or more.