Eastern Painted Turtles are water turtles. They can grow up to nine inches long. They are black with smooth, flattened shells. The top part of a turtle's shell is called a carapace. The carapace has many small plates called scutes. The Eastern Painted Turtle has thick lines between its scutes. This turtle also has red markings around the edges of its carapace.
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