Painted Turtle Shell


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To the southwest, the painted turtle's range is fragmented. In Colorado, while range is continuous in the eastern, prairie, half of the state, it is absent in most of the western, mountainous, part of the state. However, the turtle is confirmed present in the lower elevation southwest part of the state (Archuleta and La Plata counties), where a population ranges into northern New Mexico in the San Juan River basin. [98] In New Mexico, the main distribution follows the Rio Grande and the Pecos River, two waterways that run in a north-south direction through the state. [99] Within the aforementioned rivers, it is also found in the northern part of Far West Texas. [87] In Utah, the painted turtle lives in an area to the south (Kane County) in streams draining into the Colorado River, although it is disputed if they are native. [91][100][101] In Arizona, the painted turtle is native to an area in the east, Lyman Lake. [102][103] The painted turtle is not native to Nevada or California. [91]