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Michigan State Reptile

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Painted turtles photo © Andy Williams / CritterZone: Animal - Wildlife - Nature Stock Photography (used by permission).
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Painted Turtle

Painted turtle video

The painted turtle was designated the official state reptile of Michigan in 1995. The painted turtle is the only turtle still commonly found in Michigan (of the nine or ten native species that live in the state). The other turtles native to Michigan are Blanding's turtle, snapping turtle, musk turtle, spotted turtle, wood turtle, eastern box turtle, common map turtle, and eastern spiny softshell turtle. The red-eared slider turtle may or may not be native (some scientists believe it was introduced in the 1950's when thousands were imported for the pet turtle trade. The species might also be part native and part introduced).

Source:
Michigan Adventure! Discover Our State Symbols: MI.gov
Our State Symbols - Celebrate Michigan: Michigan.gov
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