A male Eastern Painted Turtle is playfully swimming around, up and down in its exhibit at the New England Aquarium in Boston. It looks like it’s begging for food.




Painted turtles are related to red eared sliders, and this video shows how their behavior is very similar – hopefully you are familiar with the typical behavior of red Ear sliders when they beg for food.

Other similarities with RES is that Eastern painted turtles are also basking turtles, need the same type of living conditions (the same setup for aquariums or outdoor ponds), diet, and have a similar shape. The colors and markings are distinctly different, with beautiful red patterns along their marginal scutes (the side parts of their shells) and legs.

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