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  • Scute – modified scale; the scales on a turtle’s back and bellies, which get shed as the turtle grows.
  • Freshwater – naturally occurring water that doesn’t include saltwater or brackish water.
  • Captivity – condition of being imprisoned or confined (vs. wild).
  • Hatchlings – a young animal that has recently emerged from its egg.
  • Omnivore – an animal that eats both plants and animals.

Fun Facts

  • Painted turtles get their name because of their red and yellow stripes along the side of their body.
  • The turtle’s shell grows with the turtle.
  • Painted turtles live only in fresh water.
  • Turtles can live up to 30 years.
  • Turtles need sunlight to help them digest their food.


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