Painted Turtles Defrost Back to Life

Discover the awe-inspiring tale of the painted turtles, nature’s northernmost survivors.

Through a unique adaptation, these turtles endure Canada’s frigid winters in a state of suspended animation

2.5 to 10 inches


The turtle's top shell is dark and smooth, without a ridge.


Their skin is olive to black with red, orange, or yellow stripes on its extremities.


This species is one of the few that is specially adapted to tolerate freezing temperatures.

They can do this for extended periods of time

plants, small animals, such as fish, crustaceans, aquatic insects, and some carrion.


Due to an anti-freeze like substance in their blood that keeps their cells from freezing.

Their secret

A deficiency of hydration can lead to various health problems, including skin infections, shell rot, and respiratory infections.


Only to awaken from their frozen slumber with the arrival of spring, exemplifying nature’s remarkable resilience.

There is still so much more to discover about these incredible creatures!

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